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?
- July_2014_Meeting_minutes.doc (approved 8/11/14)
- JuneMinutes_001.jpg Minutes_002.jpg (approved 7/14/14)
- MayMinutes_1.doc (approved 6/10/14)
- AprilMinutes.pdf (approved 5/12/14)
- MarchMinutes.pdf (approved 4/14/14)
- FebMinutes.pdf (corrected and approved 3/10/14)
- JanMinutes_Jan 13, 2014.pdf (approved 2/10/14)
- Fright Night Committee meets on Tuesday, September 30, at 7:00pm at the Arlington Haus. Members of the public are welcome! Any questions, contact Pam Wiest, chairperson, at 507-351-8466.
- Arli-Dazzle Committee meets on Monday, September 8, at 6:00pm at the Arlington Haus Too. Members of the public are welcome! Any questions or to indicate that one is coming to the meeting, contact Kim Schneider, chairperson, at After Burner Auto Body by 11:00AM that day.
- Mayor/City Council Candidate Forum: Watch for this election year event some weeknight in October at a date and location TBA. Time of the program is 7:00-8:30pm which includes socializing with refreshments after the program. The office of Mayor and both City Council member positions are open this year in Arlington, so interest hopefully will be high for this program.
- Thrivent Financial has dropped "for Lutherans" from its name. Now its financial products and services are available to all Christians. Thrivent's updated logo features a red heart with a cross in it, and its new tagline is, Connecting faith and finances for good." In downtown Arlington, this business is located at 218 W. Main St. and is usually open on Tuesday and Thursdays (other times by appointment). The Chamber is glad to have Thrivent Financial as a member!
- E-Z Rest Motel (Hwy. 5 and 2nd Ave. NW) has been in operation for the past few months. It is under the ownership of Bruce Gruetzmacher, and Guy Borchardt serves as local manager. The facility features fixed-up rooms, new beds and linens, smart TV's, WiFi, fridges and microwaves. Instructions to obtain a room are posted on the outside Office door if no one is available at the front desk. The Chamber is pleased to have the motel as a new member.
- 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. 2. The Sibley East School District recently hired Jennifer Strack as the new Community Education and Recreation Coordinator which is a shared position with the three district cities. Jennifer is officed at Gaylord City Hall. 3. A Task Force of Sibley East School District staff, parents, and other interested people overwhelmingly voted to recommend their middle option - construction of a new Pre-K - Gr. 5 elementary school in Gaylord (site undetermined) and the renovation of the existing school site in Arlington into a Gr. 6 - high school facility. 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. The School Board soon will vote to place a referendum on the Nov. 4, 2014, General Election ballot. Cost: $43.1 mil. at least, maybe closer to 44 mil. 4. Trailblazer bus service to almost ALL towns in Wright County has slowly begun on Tuesday, July 1. All rides to that county will originate out of Glencoe. For more information, call Trailblazer 1-320-864-1000.
- For the next General Membership Meeting on Monday, September 8, at 11:45am, the Chamber will meet at the Arlington Emergency Services building. A luncheon will precede this meeting. Agendas will be sent out to all members. If one is not received by Wednesday, September 3, please contact Todd Sandberg or Tiffany Brockhoff.
- 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