Braham, Minnesota

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Braham is a city in Isanti and Kanabec counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 1,276 at the 2000 census.

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Pie Capital of Minnesota

Braham is the homemade pie capital of Minnesota. Every year on the first Friday in August the people of Braham celebrate Pie Day. This celebration includes craft sales, music, food stands, games, and entertainment, not to mention pie.

Braham was declared the Pie Capital of Minnesota by former Governor Rudy Perpich in 1990. Braham became famous for its pie in the 1930s and 1940s when Minnesotans would take the "shortcut to Duluth through Braham." While taking this "shortcut," people would stop in Braham and visit the "Park Cafe," the cafe which made Braham famous for pie. Pie Day began in July of 1990, after Independence Day, as an ice cream social for fund raising and other charitable activities. In 1992, the date was changed to the first Friday in August when the Isanti County Historical Society took charge of the event.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.

Minnesota State Highways 65 and 107 are two of the main routes in the community. Minnesota State Highway 70 is nearby.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,276 people, 511 households, and 331 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,010.9 people per square mile (391.0/km²). There were 566 housing units at an average density of 448.4/sq mi (173.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.18% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.31% Asian, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.24% of the population.

There were 511 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% married couples lived together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.06.

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