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?
- 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)
- Chamber Night at the Ballpark 2014 - Check out several photos by clicking on the Events tab above.
- The Sibley County Fair begins next Wednesday evening, July 30, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 3. The Chamber congratulates the Sibley County Fair Board on the completion of two new buildings at the fairgrounds - the Commercial (Heritage) Building and the FFA Building. In addition, the Beer Stand (white octagon) has been renovated. Check out the Arlington Chamber Booth in the Commercial Building.
- The next Halloween Fright Night Planning Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 19, at 7:00pm at Steve's Copy Shop and More in Arlington. Any questions, please contact Pam Wiest 507-351-8466. Advance fundraising is also being discussed for this event.
- The next Arli-Dazzle Planning Committee meeting will be held on Monday, August 11, at 6:00pm at Arlington Haus Too (which is the back room). Chamber members and the general public are welcome and invited to attend. Let Kim Schneider know that one is coming 507-964-2809 by that date at 11:00am.
- JanMinutes_Jan 13, 2014.pdf (approved 2/10/14)
- Thrivent Financial has re-joined the Chamber after a year's absence. Thrivent recently 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 back 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. Beds and pillows are bedbug-proof, says Guy. 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 Township, are among those entities who have voted not to re-join the Renville-Sibley County Joint Powers Fiber Cooperative Board. The Cities of Green Isle and Gaylord, and Arlington Township, are among those entities who have voted to re-join. Meanwhile, an alternate group, "Sibley Broadband Working Group," is discussing "Putting Rural High Speed Internet on Fast Track" without the help of government intervention. 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 about 34 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 recently voted to place a referendum on the Nov. 4, 2014, General Election ballot. Cost: $43.1 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, August 11, at noon, the Chamber will meet at the Arlington Emergency Services building. Agendas will be sent out to all members. If one is not received by Wednesday, August 6, please contact Todd Sandberg, President, or Tiffany Brockhoff, Secretary.
- 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