Welcome to Arlington, home of Arli-Dazzle (probably the largest Christmas lighted holiday parade in the State of Minnesota), Breakfast on the Farm, Town & Country Days, and Fright Night on Halloween.
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.
What's Happening in Arlington?
- Chamber_Minutes_Jan 13, 2014.pdf (approved 2/10/14)
- Heartiest Congratulations from the Chamber to The Arlington Haus which is celebrating its 28th Anniversary under the ownership of Denise Swenson! Her family and many friends and acquaintances have been a longtime part of this bar, restaurant, and social hall! The Chamber wishes Denise, her sister Debbie, and all their employees many more years!
- 2014 Chamber dues were payable by Friday, Feb. 28. Unrenewed members are asked to either mail in their dues payment or bring it to Todd Sandberg, Chamber President, at Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center. All 2013 members were either e-mailed or mailed a receipt form to use. Everyone's cooperation is much appreciated!
- Thrivent Financial has re-joined the Chamber after a year's absence. Thrivent very recently dropped "for Lutherans" from its name. Now its financial products and services are available to all Christians. Its updated logo features a red heart with a cross in it. Thrivent's 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 Thursday mornings (other times by appointment). The Chamber is glad to have Thrivent Financial back with us!
- The Arlington Area Chamber congratulates Sibley East Junior High Principal Steve Harter on being honored as MN Middle Level Prinipal of the Year! The Chamber appreciates his fine and dedicated service to the Sibley East School District and to the three local communities!
- The Chamber also congatulates Nathan Rose on his 1st place Championship in his weight class at the 2014 Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center! Further congratulations to Tanner Pasvogel and Hunter Retzlaff for their 3rd place finishes, and to Jason Meyer for his 5th place finish. in their weight classes at the same event!
- The Arlington Motel (Hwy. 5 and 2nd Ave. NW) has been back in operation for the past several months. It is under new ownership, and the facility has been repaired and fixed up. Instructions to obtain a room are posted on the outside Office door if no one is available at the front desk.
- The Sibley County DAC has purchased the TSE manufacturing plant building located on the 200 block of Shamrock Drive in Arlington. DAC Director Mark Pauly indicated that this newly acquired space will offer more opportunities to the people being served. The goal is to completely retrofit the building and move in by this spring.
- Actually, attorney Carol Mayer is now the Chamber Treasurer for the 2014 year. Thanks to her for stepping forward and agreeing to do this! It turns out Jim Heiland was only very interim in this position. Reconciliation of Chamber accounts will continue to be handled through Schad, Lindstrand, and Schuth, LTD.
- Sibley Medical Center recently signed a 30-year operating lease agreement with Ridgeview Medical Center of Waconia. An option is provided for this lease to be extended for another 30 years. Ridgeview assumes total operations of Sibley Medical Center and its clinics, effective January 1, 2014. Current services will remain, but all active Sibley Medical Center employees will become Ridgeview Medical Center employees. The City of Arlington retains ownership of the buildings and major equipment. The new name of this entity is Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center. The Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce extends congratulations to Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center and wishes it well!
- Two issues recently in the local news bear watching (among many others): expanding Trailblazer Transit operations up into Wright County and an updated business plan, financing, and timeline proposal for the RS Fiber Cooperative project.
- For the next General Membership Meeting on Monday, April 14, at noon, the Chamber will meet at the Arlington Emergency Services building. This was formerly the Arlington City Tech building. Members should watch e-mail or U. S. mail for agendas.
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