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New Prague Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Welcome sign, New Prague Minnesota Location of New Prague, Minnesota

Population: 
New Prague (city)
Le Sueur andScott Counties 
1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 2,680 2,952 3,569 4,559 7,321 +2,762 +60.58
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.90 2.21 2.31 2.63 3.81 +1.18 +44.87
Density (persons per sq. mile) 2,977.8 1,335.7 1,545.0 1,731.3 1,921.5 +190.2 +10.99
Housing Units 886 1,133 1,398 1,735 2,862 +1,127 +64.96
Households -- 1,086 1,329 1,694 2,711 +1,017 +60.04
Persons Per Household -- 2.72 2.69 2.63 2.67 +0.04 +1.52

Geography:

New Prague is a city in Le Sueur and Scott counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Minnesota State Highways 13, 19, and 21 are three of the main routes in the community. The city of New Prague is located in two counties, Scott and Le Sueur. North of Main Street (Highway 13/19) is Scott County; and on the south side is Le Sueur County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.81 square miles (9.87 km2), all of it land. The elevation is 988 ft (301 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,321 people, 2,711 households, and 1,910 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,921.5 inhabitants per square mile (741.9/km2). There were 2,862 housing units at an average density of 751.2 per square mile (290.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 2,711 households of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.22.

The median age in the city was 32.7 years. 31.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.1% were from 25 to 44; 20.4% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

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History:  

New Prague was laid out in 1856, and named after Prague, the capital of Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). New Prague was originally built up chiefly by Czechs.

At the advice of Catholic Bishop Rev. Joseph Cretin, Anton Philipp, a native German, first settled within the present limits of New Prague. In 1856 Philipp purchased 160 acres in Helena Township, Scott County. Philipp did not make an official plat of the town but began selling lots that same year, marking the beginning of New Prague. Several Bohemian families came to the area shortly after Philipp arrived.

New Prague’s early development was not spectacular for a variety of reasons. First, during the Civil War years, 1861-1865, European immigration almost stopped as European immigrants were naturally wary of the U.S. Civil War. Second, located in the middle of the Big Woods, the enormous challenge of clearing fields proceeded at a slow pace.

The town was known as Praha from 1872 to 1879. On March 1, 1877, state of Minnesota approved the incorporation of Praha as a village. In 1879 the name was changed to Prague.

One of the most important developments in the new village occurred in 1877 when the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (M & St. L) reached New Prague. The arrival of the railroad era expedited agriculture as New Prague’s most important industry. A link with the outside world enabled farmers to send their commodities to markets and created a conduit to bring inventory to the village’s businesses. Just four years after the M & St. L reached New Prague, the first grain elevator and flour mill were completed, marking the beginning of New Prague earning its nickname, the “Flour City.”

Czech immigration to the United States reached its peak during the 1880s with 62,000 coming to the U. S. during this decade. Along with Montgomery, which is approximately eight miles south of New Prague, New Prague was becoming the center of “The Bohemian Triangle” of Minnesota covering parts of Scott, Le Sueur and Rice counties, which are neighboring counties. Through the decades since 1856, Le Sueur County has had more Bohemians than any other county in the state.

Construction was booming in the 1880s. The town’s first bank opened in 1883, the Czech-Slovak Protective Society (C. S. P. S.) Opera Hall was built, the New Prague Foundry started business, the second public school was built, and two hotels were constructed.

The village’s name was changed from Prague to New Prague on February 25, 1884.

The 1890s were probably New Prague’s heyday decade. The town was becoming a major market for farm produce and was providing goods and services for growing numbers of farmers and villagers for miles around. Streets were being graded and wooden sidewalks built along the streets. New Prague was incorporated as a city on April 4, 1891. New Prague Flouring Milling Company completed its mill in 1895. Electric lights were installed in the city in 1895, and telephone lines were installed in 1898.

Similar to the rest of the state, the 1880s and 1890s were two decades with the greatest growth in population. New Prague’s population more than tripled during that 20-year period going from 384 residents to 1228, while the state’s population more than doubled during that same period.

Original businesses outgrew their original log and wood-frame storefronts. A large commercial district filled with solid brick, stone, and wood-frame commercial structures developed along Main Street.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

NEW PRAGUE, incorporated as a village in March 1877, and as a city in April 1891, is crossed along its main street by the line of Le Sueur and Scott Counties. It was named for the ancient city of Prague, the capital of Bohemia, from which many immigrants came here. The community was first settled in 1854; the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad came in 1877; its post office was named Oral, 1857-72, when the community was part of Scott County only, changed to Praha, 1872-79, and Prague, 1879-84, at which time the name was permanently changed to the present one.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Birds eye view looking east, New Prague Minnesota, 1910's
Birds eye view looking east, New Prague Minnesota, 1910's
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Government:
New Prague City Hall
118 Central Avenue N
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-4401
Fax: (952) 758-1149

Regular Business Hours:  
Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm

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New Prague City Hall
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone:
Mayor 12/31/2020 Chuck L. Nickolay
502 Doherty Avenue SE
New Prague, MN 56071
Email (612) 840-4756
City Administrator appointed Michael Johnson
118 Central Avenue N
New Prague, MN 56071
Email (952) 758-4401
Council Member 12/31/2022 Maggie Bass
702 Highland Drive
New Prague, MN 56071
Email (612) 282-5561
Council Member 12/31/2022 Rik Seiler
210 1st Avenue NW
New Prague, MN 56071
Email (651) 336-0243
Council Member 12/31/2020 Shawn Ryan
505 Doherty Avenue SE
New Prague, MN 56071
Email (952) 758-7050
Council Member 12/31/2020 Bruce A. Wolf
509 Chalupsky Avenue NE
New Prague, MN 56071
Email (952) 758-2874

Post Office:
US Post Office
124 Main Street E
New Prague, MN
56071-2440
Phone:
(952) 758-7678
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (952) 758-5033

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 11:00 am  

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity New Prague Municipal Utilities (952) 758-4401
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 234-5800
Wastewater New Prague Municipal Utilities (952) 758-4401
Water New Prague Municipal Utilities (952) 758-4401
Telephone Bevcomm Telephone (952) 758-2501
Cable TV Comcast (855) 700-5941

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
New Prague Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 375
Mayo Clinic Health System General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 320
Chart Industries Machine Shops; Turned Prod.;& Screw, Nut & Bolt Mfg. 300
Coborn's Supermarkets & Other Grocery (exc. Convenience) Stores 170
Mala Strana Health Care Center Nursing Care Facilities 170
Scott Equipment Machinery, Equipment, & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 75
Suel Printing Co. Printing & Related Support Activities 37
MN Valley Grain Petroleum & Petroleum Prod. Merch. Whole. (exc. Bulk Stations 31
Busch Brothers Machining Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 25
Roundbank Comm. Banking 23
1st Bank and Trust Comm. Banking 23
RaDon Inc Other Apparel Accessories & Other Apparel Mfg. 22
Wells Fargo Bank Comm. Banking 21


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Recreation:
Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park
400 W 260th Street
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 694-7777
 
CreeksBend Golf Course
26826 Langford Avenue
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-7203
 
New Prague Aquatic Center
410 Central Avenue N
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1753
 
New Prague Community Pool
401 Lexington Avenue. S
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-6222
 
New Prague Golf Club
400 Lexington Avenue S
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-5326
 
New Prague Ice Arena
100 12th Street NW
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-7825
 


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Health Care:
Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital
301 2nd Street NE
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-4431
 
Parkview Medical Clinic
1400 1st Street NE
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-6101
 

Schools:
New Prague Area Schools
Independent School District #721
410 Central Ave N
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1700
 
New Prague High School
221 12th Street NE
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1200
 
New Prague Middle School
721 Central Avenue N
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1400
 
Falcon Ridge Elementary
1200 Columbus Avenue N
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1600
 
Raven Stream Elementary
300 11th Avenue NW
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1500
 
St. Wenceslaus Catholic School
227 Main Street E
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-3133
 

Churches:
Calvary Church
Meets in New Prague High School Auditorium
PO Box 185
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-4862

Pastor:  Ben Bolin
Sunday Service:  9:30 am


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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1001 1st Street NW
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-9505

Pastor:  Kenneth Dvorak
Sunday Service:  n/a


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Community Baptist Church
500 County Road 37
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-3287

Pastor:  John Stephens
Sunday Service: 10:30 am


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FaithPoint Lutheran Church - LCMC
201 Central Avenue N
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-6297

Pastor:  Steve Trewartha
Sunday Service: 8:30 am and 10:00 am


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Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church - WELS
28982 181st Avenue
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-2828

Pastor:  Henry Koch
Sunday Service:  9:00 am


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Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Prague Minnesota
Hillspring Church
200 E 280th Street
PO Box 32
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-4151

Pastor:  Garth Heckman
Sunday Service:  10:00 am


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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - ELCA
1300 Main Street E
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-3513

Pastor:  Ben and Alicia Hilding
Sunday Service:  9:00 am


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New Day Church
1201 1st Street NE
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-5683

Pastor:  Christopher Mark
Sunday Service:  9:00 am and 10:30 am


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Pillar of Grace Church
830 4th Avenue SW
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-2800

Pastor:  Elijah Layfeld
Sunday Service:  10:30 am


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St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
20087 Hub Drive
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-4642

Pastor:  Father Kevin Clinton
Sunday Mass:  see website


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St. Wenceslaus Church
215 Main Street E
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-3225

Pastor:  Father Kevin Clinton
Sunday Mass:  8:30 am and 10:30 am


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Spirit of Life Church
530 W 280th Street
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-2894

Pastor:  Jamie Prip
Sunday Service:  10:30 am


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Media:
KCHK Radio
25821 Langford Avenue
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-2571
 
New Prague Times
200 Main Street E
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-4435
 

Motels:
Quality Inn and Suites
1200 1st Sreet NE
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-7300
 
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