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Welcome

Welcome to Arlington, home of Arli-Dazzle: Probably THE LARGEST lighted Christmas parade in Minnesota, Breakfast on the Farm, Fright Night on Halloween, and Spring into Arlington.

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.

The Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, incorporated by the State of Minnesota on June 3, 1982, is an organization of local business people and private individuals devoted to promoting the vitality of Arlington's economy/businesses and the overall life of the community as a whole.

We invite you, in particular, to check out the various Chamber business websites on the Members page (see above) of this website.  Click on any business name listed in blue print. Refer also to our two Facebook pages: Arli-Dazzle - and - Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Use the electronic Parade Registration icon in the upper right corner of the Arli-Dazzle webpage for December 2, 2017, parade unit registrations. Follow the directions; all information goes to Scott Sorenson, Parade Staging Coordinator. To assist Scott with Parade Staging, call him 507-964-5817.

What's Happening in Arlington?      

Members of the Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Economic Development Authority (EDA), and City of Arlington held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Halloween morning in front of Alys Art By Hand Etc. downtown. Anna (Aly) and Tim Ybarra are shown with the scissors. See the note below.

Document.pdf  A listing of the 2017 Chamber Raffle Prizes to be awarded right after the Parade. 

Santa Day.pdf  The official flyer of Santa Day 2017 at the Arlington Community Center.... 

market flyer.pdf  The official flyer of the new Outdoor Christmas Market at Arli-Dazzle....

City of Arlington  Monthly calendar of City, Chamber, and Arlington Community Center events.... 

2017-10 - October Meeting Minutes.pdf  For other minutes, go to the Information tab above.

Welcome to the Chamber's Newest Member - Aly's Art by Hand Etc.!  This new business, located at 207 W. Main St., features portraits in pencil or leather, hand-tooled leather art, antiques, vintage and second-hand items, used musical equipment, guitar strings, Watkins products, etc.  Hours of operation: M-by appt. only, T-F 10-6; Sat. 10-5. Sun 12-4 or by appt.  Ph. 507-291-4578.

Chamber Raffle Tickets and Arli-Dazzle Buttons for 2017 are now available from various Arlington Chamber merchants and individuals as well as several bars and a bank in eastern Sibley County.  Raffle tickets are $10.00 with or without a button; buttons only are $2.00.  Proceeds will be used to support all the programs, activities, and overhead costs of the Arlington Area Chamber.  A list of prizes to be awarded appears on a link above.  Support for the Chamber is much appreciated!  

Fireworks at Arli-Dazzle will be occurring in 2017.  $1000-$1500 is still needed to fully defray the cost of them.  For businesses or individuals to make a donation towards the fireworks, contact Chairperson Leah Prahl 507-351-1324, or contact her via e-mail  Leah(at)premierchoicerealtymn.com  or  President(at)arlingtonmnchamber.com

A $7000 Tourism Marketing Grant has been received by the Arlington Area Chamber from Explore Minnesota.  The grant is good for the entirety of 2018, and at least half of it must be spent on advertising efforts out-of-state.  The Chamber is deeply appreciative to Explore Minnesota for this monetary award and to County employee Amy Newsom who prepared and submitted it!  As a condition of getting the grant, the Chamber must establish a direct link with the organization www.exploreminnesota.com   

Local Chamber Business News:

  • The Arlington Historical Society has opened their museum in the Old Fire Hall in downtown Arlington to the public on the first and third Saturday mornings of the month from 9:00 AM - Noon, according to Dwight Grabitske. Next date; December 2, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.
  • Ridgeview-Sibley Medical Center has embarked on some construction/renovation in and outside of their building. They will re-build the gazebo out front in Memorial Park as well. 
  • Country Style Accents, 105 4th Ave. NW, is next open on Arli-Dazzle, December 2, (see below) according to co-owner Sondra Foster. The business will also be open Dec. 8-10.  
  • Two Old Goats, 317 W. Main St., and This Old House Garden & Gifts, 208 Hwy. 5 SW, will also be open on Arli-Dazzle Saturday, December 2.

The Final Arli-Dazzle Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 AM, at the Emergency Services building meeting room.  An agenda has been e-mailed out to those involved by Arli-Dazzle Chair Leah Prahl,

The Next General Chamber Meeting will be held on Monday, December 11, noon, at the Emergency Services building meeting room.  Agendas will be e-mailed out out to members.  If someone did not receive one, contact Leah Prahl, Chamber President, 507-351-1324.    

The Mailing Address of the Arlington Area Chamber never changes.  It is:

Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce

P. O. Box 543

Arlington, MN  55307

www.exploreminnesota.com  Click on this link to access their website.