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?
- Meeting Minutes available here.
- Congratulations to the Arlington Haus - Mankato Sam's Club "Business of the Month." This designation is noted, with a photo included, at the front entrance of that store.
- Twenty-four 2014 Arli-Dazzle and Santa Day photos are now published in a gallery at the bottom of the Arli-Dazzle webpage. Go to the Events tab above, select Arli-Dazzle, and scroll down. Many thanks to Jim Heiland and Todd Sandberg who contributed these photos!
- Two Members urgently needed: 1. a Chamber Vice-President for 2015 who would move up and become Chamber President in 2016; 2. a General Co-Chairperson with Lyle Rud 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.
- 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 or 2018. 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 on December 16. An appeal of this decision has been made to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 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 has really taken off since it started on July 1. All rides to that county 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, February 9, noon, the Chamber will meet at the Arlington Emergency Services building. Agendas will be e-mailed out to members. If some member has not received an agenda by Friday, February 6, please contact Kevin Lindstrand, President, 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