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 and best wishes to Chamber member Derek Hahn and his new bride Katie Lee Forstner who were married on Saturday, September 27, in Gaylord. Derek is the manager of Jerry's Home Quality Foods in Arlington. The Chamber wishes them many years of happy marriage!
- Fright Night Committee meets on Wednesday, October 22, at 6:00pm at Steve's Copy Shop. Any questions, contact Pam Wiest, chairperson, at 507-351-8466. One more Fright Night fundraiser is set for Jerry's Home Quality Foods parking lot in Arlington on Friday, October 3, from 10am-6pm. Hot dogs, brats, and pop will be sold.
- Arli-Dazzle Committee meets on Monday, October 13, at 6:00pm at the Arlington Public Library. Any questions or to indicate that one is coming to the meeting (call by noon on October 13), contact Kim Schneider, chairperson, at After Burner Auto Body.
- Mayor/City Council Candidate Forum: This election year event will take place at the Arlington Community Center on Thursday, October 16. Time of the program is 7:00-8:30pm which includes socializing with refreshments after the program. The Office of Mayor and two City Council member positions are open this year in Arlington, so interest hopefully will be high for this program. Everyone of voting age is invited!
- 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.
- Three 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. 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 swap being negotiated with the City of Gaylord) 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 has voted to place a building bond referendum on the Nov. 4, 2014, General Election ballot. Cost: $43 mil. 3. Trailblazer bus service to almost ALL towns in Wright County slowly began 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, October 13, noon, the Chamber will meet at the Arlington Emergency Services building. Agendas will be sent out to all members. If any member did not receive one by October 10, please contact either 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