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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, 1910s
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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 12/31/2022 Duane J. "Dewey" Jirik
1006 3rd Street NE
New Prague, MN 56071
Email
Email
(952) 758-4885
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 12/31/2024 Shawn Ryan
505 Doherty Avenue SE
New Prague, MN 56071
Email (952) 758-7050
(612) 961-0003
Council Member 12/31/2024 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 625
Chart Industries Machine Shops; Turned Prod.;& Screw, Nut & Bolt Mfg. 500
Mayo Clinic Health System General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 200
Mala Strana Health Care Center Nursing Care Facilities 150
Coborn's Supermarkets & Other Grocery (exc. Convenience) Stores 85
Scott Equipment Machinery, Equipment, & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 80
Electromed Inc. Medical Device Manufacturing 60
Great River Energy Electrical Power Generation 58
Jeff Belzer Ford Automotive Dealers 55
City of New Prague City Government 50
St. Wenceslaus School Religious Organization 45
McDonald’s Restaurant 42
Busch Brothers Machining Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 25
Roundbank Commercial Banking 23
1st Bank and Trust Commercial  Banking 23
RaDon Inc Other Apparel Accessories & Other Apparel Mfg. 22
Wells Fargo Bank Commercial  Banking 21


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Attractions:
Prairie Pond Winery


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Recreation:
Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park
400 W 260th Street
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 694-7777

Located on the south shore of Cedar Lake near New Prague, Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park is a picturesque site for picnicking, swimming, and shore fishing. This site also offers a spectacular setting for an outdoor wedding and reception, corporate retreat, and educational and recreational activities.

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Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, New Prague Minnesota
CreeksBend Golf Course
26826 Langford Avenue
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-7203

First time golfers may feel like they have stepped back in time as they play amidst the barn turned clubhouse, an old schoolhouse occasionally used as a snack stop, and bridges that have a sturdy look reminiscent of the 1940s, all of which combine to create the character of CreeksBend.

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CreeksBend Golf Course, New Prague Minnesota
New Prague Aquatic Center
410 Central Avenue N
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1753

The Fitness & Aquatic Center joined forces on November 5th, 2018. We are a full-service fitness club, featuring an aquatic center, cardio room, gymnasium, strength training room and group fitness studios. Our multi-generational facility offers something for everyone!

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New Prague Aquatic Center
New Prague Golf Club
400 Lexington Avenue S
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-5326

The New Prague Golf Club is a Municipal, daily fee golf facility open to the general public. Season golf passes are available as well as patron cards. NPGC also specializes in golf tournaments of all types and banquet facilities are available for receptions of all kinds.

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New Prague Golf Club, New Prague Minnesota
New Prague Ice Arena
100 12th Street NW
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-7825

The NP Ice Arena is a growing facility. The recent improvement to the facility allowed for an additional dryland area, locker rooms, and storage space continues to follow the organization's Mission, Goals, and Objectives. This also provides more opportunity to its patrons, as the additional facilities empower the user to improve and enjoy what is available.

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New Prague Ice Arena


Lakes:
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Cedar 793  
Cervenka Marsh n/a      

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

Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague is a community-based health care provider that brings the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic to New Prague and the surrounding communities. As part of a system of 60 sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, the local medical center serves the community through routine and specialized care services, as well as on- and off-site wellness support and community engagement.

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

Parkview Medical Clinic is dedicated to providing high quality care to families and individuals of all ages. We have six family practice physicians, on-site laboratory and X-Ray services. Same-day appointments are available during business hours.

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Parkview Medical Clinic, New Prague Minnesota

Schools:
New Prague Area Schools
Independent School District #721

410 Central Ave N
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1700
Fax: (952) 758-1799

Grades:  PK-12
Students: 


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New Prague Area Schools  
New Prague High School
221 12th Street NE
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1200
Fax: (952) 758-1299

Grades:  9-12
Students:  1,350


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New Prague Middle School
721 Central Avenue N
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1400
Fax: (952) 758-1499

Grades:  6-8
Students:  960


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New Prague Middle School, New Prague Minnesota
Eagle View Elementary School
25600 Nevada Avenue
Elko New Market, MN 55020
Phone: (952) 758-6000
Fax: (952) 758-6099

Grades:  K-5
Students:  500


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Eagle View Elementary School, Elko New Market Minnesota
Falcon Ridge Elementary School
1200 Columbus Avenue N
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1600
Fax: (952) 758-1699

Grades:  K-5
Students:  600


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Falcon Ridge Elementary School, New Prague Minnesota
Raven Stream Elementary School
300 11th Avenue NW
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-1500
Fax: (952) 758-1599

Grades:  K-5
Students:  675


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Raven Stream Elementary School, New Prague Minnesota
St. Wenceslaus Catholic School
227 Main Street E
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-3133

Grades:  K-8
Students:  300


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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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FaithPoint Lutheran Church, New Prague Minnesota
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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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New Prague Minnesota
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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New Day Church, New Prague Minnesota
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. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, New Prague Minnesota
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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St. Wenceslaus Church, New Prague Minnesota
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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Spirit of Life Church, New Prague Minnesota

Media:
KCHK Radio
25821 Langford Avenue
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-2571

KCHKRadio.net is your news, entertainment, classic music website. We provide you with the latest breaking news and entertainment to serve all of Czech Country, MN!

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KCHK Radio, New Prague Minnesota
New Prague Times
200 Main Street E
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (952) 758-4435
Fax: (952) 758-4135

Weekly newspaper published on Thursdays with a circulation of 4,966

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New Prague Times

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

Ideally located on the east end of the New Prague on Highway 13-19, our hotel is close to shopping and fine dining. We’re at the doorstep of a progressive, welcoming community rich in Czech, Bavarian and Bohemian culture, with a thriving business and agricultural community. It’s a short drive to see the Saint Wenceslaus Church, shop unique boutiques and enjoy tasting the latest from Prairie Pond Winery and other wineries.

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Quality Inn and Suites, New Prague Minnesota
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Businesses:

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