The largest economic development project in the history of New Prague had its groundbreaking last week.
Chart Industries plans to expand its capacity in a project on 24 1/2 acres costing $23.1 million, city officials say.
The new 112,000-square-foot building is to add 80 jobs over the next two years after an addition of 130 since January 2011, bringing the firm's employment in New Prague to about 460.
The investment includes $14.7 million in land and building and $8.4 million in equipment.
The facility has been going for 49 years now, making tanks to transport and store liquified gas.
The company has obtained tax incentives from the state, the city, from Scott County and from the New Prague School District. The city awaits word from the state on grant applications of about $500,000 for equipment and $313,000 for public infrastructure.
There's still time to sign up for the annual Kids 'n Kinship Bowlathon, to be held Nov. 4 at Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan.
The local nonprofit, which matches mentors with kids who need a positive adult influence, is looking for 8 to 10 more corporate teams as well as individual bowlers. Lane sponsorships are also still available.
The event includes a morning bowling session for kids and mentors, followed by a silent auction at 12:30 and company bowling at 1:15 p.m.
"Our program has a high need for funding," said Kids 'n Kinship Director Jan Belmore. "The Bowlathon is an opportunity for our community to show its support for what we do. I am optimistic that this will be a great year."
Cedarvale Lanes is at 883 Cedar Grove Pkwy., Eagan.
What is a fair and profitable rent for land will be discussed at the Northfield Public Library for the benefit of landlords, farmers and others on Nov. 8 at the Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington St., Northfield.
The discussion is free and will be held at 2 p.m., with a second session at 3:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension and Dakota and Rice counties.
Topics covered will include historic and projected farm land rental rates on local land, current farm land values and sales, and current corn and soybean prices.
David Bau, extension educator in agriculture business management, will describe several methods for determining a fair farm land rental rate.
DAVID PETERSON AND LAURIE BLAKE