Isanti, Minn., is a small city located about 40 miles north of Minneapolis and St. Paul. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, its population was 5,251 in 2012. Conveniently located off Highway 65, Isanti boasts 162 businesses, a growing population, and an abundance of small town charm. Those searching for Isanti apartments for rent will enjoy the region's historic atmosphere and community-centered attitude.
The city's name comes from the region's Native American history. The Santees, a nation of Dakota (Sioux) Native Americans, originally lived near the Mille Lacs Lake; Isanti is derived from Santees. Edward and Albert Norelius came into the area around 1899 and correspondingly set up shop. Thus began the city's written history. Many of Isanti's original and historic buildings still stand today.
Isanti offers the benefit of having a close proximity to rural surroundings. As a result, residents enjoy a variety of outdoor recreational activities. The city of Isanti coordinates numerous parks, open spaces, and sports amenities for its residents' enjoyment. Offering more than 105 acres of park space, Isanti's many amenities are perfect for active residents from all walks of life. The Isanti park district offers walking and biking trails, community facilities, wetlands, a hockey arena, playgrounds, a BMX facility, and more.
Historic downtown Isanti offers a variety of local shops and boutiques, adding to both the city's charm and its economy. Those who prefer big box stores should be aware that Isanti is not known for these kinds of shopping centers. The nearest outlet mall is located about 15 miles from Isanti in North Branch, Minn.
Each year, Isanti hosts the Isanti County Fair. This event is highly anticipated and features a car show, food, carnival rides, live entertainment, and 4-H horse shows. Year after year, the fair delivers on its promise of community enrichment and fun.
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