Welcome to Arlington, home of Arli-Dazzle: Probably THE LARGEST lighted Christmas parade in Minnesota, Breakfast on the Farm, Fright Night on Halloween, and Chamber Night at the Ballpark.
Arlington, founded in 1858, has evolved into a great place to visit for family fun, friendly people, and so much more.
From its early German beginnings, Arlington residents have been known for their generosity and friendly hometown attitudes. We invite you to discover the businesses, attractions, organizations, and most importantly the people who make Arlington a special place to live.
We invite you, in particular, to check out the many various Chamber business webpages on the Members page (see above) of this website. Click on any business name listed in blue print.
What's Happening in Arlington?
- ArlChamber2Greeting141_1.pdf Shop locally and support the Arlington area's small businesses during this Holiday Season!
- Meeting Minutes available here.
- Some 2014 Arli-Dazzle photos are now published in a gallery at the bottom of the Arli-Dazzle webpage. Go the Events tab above, select Arli-Dazzle, and scroll down. More photos will be added here.
- Two Members urgently needed: 1. a Chamber Vice-President for 2015 who would move up and become Chamber President in 2016; 2. a General Chairperson for Arli-Dazzle in 2015. For more information on either position or to indicate interest, please contact Todd Sandberg at 307-251-6396, Kevin Lindstrand at 507-964-5868, or Kim Schneider at 507-964-2809.
- A 2014 Arli-Dazzle De-Briefing Meeting will be held in the Arlington Emergency Services meeting room on Monday, December 22, at 5:15pm. Invitees have already been e-mailed by Kim Schneider.
- Here are the 2014 Arli-Dazzle Raffle Winners and the Winner of the Fish House:
- Bent River Outfitter Tours: John M., Spearfish, SD - Snowy River Snowshoe Adventure
- Bent River Outfitter Tours: Carrie P., LeSueur - Wildwood Park Snowshoe Hike
- Bent River Outfitter Tours: Eric S. - Chankaska Creek & Winery Hike
- Bent River Outfitter Tours: Joe K., Arlington - Schell's Brewery Brew & Shoes Tour
- Kerfoot Canopy Tour for Two in Henderson: Alan J., Arlington
- Ney Nature Center Center Family Membership: Daniel B., Arlington
- Kid's Sled & Outdoor Fun Package: Tim U., Green Isle
- Haggenmiller Snowblowing Services for 2015/2016 Season: Rick H.,Arlington
- Snowshoes/Bags/Poles: Paula P., Arlington
- Dogsled Adventure from HHH Farms: Cynthia S., Arlington
- Toro Snowblower from Kranz in Gaylord: Marion S., Arlington Good Samaritan
- 3 Night Getaway for Six on Lake Winnie on High Banks Resort: Mary M.
- Fish House: unidentified woman from Fairfax area, per Ray Haggenmiller, builder
- Four issues have recently been in the local news: 1. Both the Cities of Arlington and Henderson, and Green Isle, Jessenland, Dryden, and Cornish Townships, are those Sibley County entities who have voted not to re-join the Renville-Sibley County Joint Powers Fiber Cooperative Board. All of the other cities and townships in the county have voted to re-join. Meanwhile, an alternate group, "Sibley Broadband Working Group," is working alongside the above group. Service to some customers could begin in late 2015, but most would see service sometime in 2016. 2. The Sibley East building bond referendum passed by 96 votes on Nov. 4. Thirty or so opponents of the referendum, citing two legal grounds, filed a lawsuit in Sibley County District Court. Judge Kevin Eide ruled in favor of the Sibley East School District in mid-December. An appeal of this decision is under consideration. Construction of a new Pre-K - Gr. 5 elementary school in Gaylord (site swap with the City of Gaylord) and the renovation of the existing school site in Arlington into a Gr. 6 - high school facility was the focus of the referendum. The 1936 elementary school section would be torn down, and there would be new construction on the north and south ends of the present high school section. Cost: $43 mil. 3. Trailblazer bus service to almost ALL towns in Wright County slowly began on July 1. All rides to that county will originate out of Glencoe. For more information, call Trailblazer 1-320-864-1000. 4. Of course, the recent news of the Spring 2015 closure of Seneca Foods in Arlington is on many minds. There remain a lot of unanswered questions.
- For the next General Membership Meeting on Monday, January 12, noon, the Chamber will meet at the Arlington Emergency Services building. Agendas will be e-mailed out to members. Kevin Lindstrand will be Chamber President in 2015. If some member has not received an agenda by Friday, January 9, please contact him at 507-964-5868.
- The mailing address for the Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce never changes. It is:
Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 543
Arlington, MN 55307