The City of Arlington will be picking up Christmas trees at no charge starting after the Christmas Holiday through Friday, January 12th.  Residents are asked to place their trees on the front boulevard next to the curb.  For more information, please contact the Arlington City Office at 964-2378.


-Maintenance Supervisor Kirby Weckworth

Recently ten homes in our community had their household drinking water tested for lead and copper, and the testing was conducted under rules adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, a few of the samples that were taken used improper sampling techniques, and therefore the City does not believe that the results accurately reflect the water supply system. As a result, more than ten percent of the homes tested, were above the federal action level for lead in drinking water. The City has undertaken the required corrective actions of public notification and an on-going education program, as well as increased testing requirements.


In promoting public awareness, we’ve included the enclosed brochure Important Information about Lead in your Drinking Water. The brochure provides information on the potential health effects, possible sources of lead in your drinking water, and simple steps to take to protect yourself from lead exposure.




The City of Arlington will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, December 18th at 6:30 pm or soon thereafter in the Council Chambers at the Arlington Community Center, 204 Shamrock Drive, Arlington, MN for the purpose of assessing delinquent water, sewer, electric, fire, ambulance bills; building permits; variances or conditional use permits; and city maintenance service costs to the property owner’s taxes payable in the year 2018.


The property owners have been sent notices and will be given until Monday, December 18th at 12:00 pm to pay their delinquent bill(s).  Any bill not paid in full will be assessed against your property taxes for 2018.


Pat Melvin

City Administrator

Public Hearing – Truth Taxation 2017




The Arlington City Council will hold a public hearing on its budget and on the amount of property taxes it is proposing to collect for the costs of services the City will provide in 2018.


All Arlington residents are invited to attend the public hearing of the City Council to express their opinions on the budget and on the proposed amount of the 2017 property taxes (collectible in 2018).  The hearing will be held on:


Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter

Arlington Community Center – Council Chambers

204 Shamrock Drive



The Mayor and City Council of Arlington are seeking interested individuals (residents) to fill open positions on the following Committees/Boards/Commissions, which become effective January 2018:

Cemetery Committee (2 yr. term)

Community Center Committee (2 yr. term)

Economic Development Authority (EDA) (6 yr. term)

Library Committee (2 yr. term)

Parks Committee (2 yr. term)

Planning & Zoning Committee (3 yr. term)

Shade Tree Committee (1 yr. term)


For individuals who are interested in one or more of the above Committees, please contact the City Office, 204 Shamrock Drive, Arlington, MN or call 507-964-2378 for an Application for Appointment to Advisory Boards/Commissions/Committees form.  Forms also available on the City’s Web Site:  All applications must be turned into the City Office by Friday, December 1st at 4:00 pm.

Pat Melvin

City Administrator

The Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce proudly presents: 


Arli-Dazzle will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, events planned all day with the parade starting at 5:30 pm (snow date Sunday, December 3rd).  Parade registrations can be submitted at:, or by contacting Scott Sorenson at (507) 381-6113 or Deadline for parade registration is Friday, November 24, 2017. A wide variety of activities are planned throughout the day.  Listing of events and full details are available on the Arli-Dazzle Facebook: or Arli-Dazzle’s website at:

Arli-Dazzle Raffle:

Raffle Tickets are now on sale and available for $10 from any Chamber Member/Business and the City Office. An Arli-Dazzle Button is included with the Raffle Ticket, or can be purchased separately for $2. Raffle winners will be announced after the parade. Your local businesses & Arli-Dazzle appreciate your support!

Over 30 prizes with a retail value exceeding $6,000! Prizes include: 

  • GRAND PRIZE: $1,000 CASH
  • 2nd Prize: i9200 Generator donated by Haggenmiller Lumber ($825 value)
  • 3rd Prize: Thomes Bros $750 Shopping Spree
  • 4th & 5th Prize: $250 Gift Certificate to Jerry’s Home Quality Foods
  • 6th & 7th Prize: $250 in Arlington Dollars.

Arli-Dazzle Event Schedule:

9:00 am Breakfast Treats with Santa ($2.00 entry fee) at the Arlington Community Center, reservations are required by November 24th, contact the Arlington Public Library 964-2490.
9:00 am Quilt Show at the Arlington Public Library, open until 7:00 pm. The public can bring a quilt or quilted item to display anytime during the week of Thanksgiving through December 1st.

9:00 am Arlington Museum open house sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society open until 3:00 pm.

10:00 am Santa Day at the Arlington Community Center until 1:00 pm. Come meet Santa & Mrs. Claus!

11:30 am Bethlehem Express at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church runs until 2:30 pm.

*12:00 pm (NEW EVENT) Outdoor Christmas Market in the Methodist Church Parking Lot until 5:30 pm. This outdoor event will feature handmade/hand-crafted items from local vendors! If you are interested in selling your homemade/hand​ ​crafted​ ​items, please register at No​ ​direct​ ​sale​ ​businesses allowed. 

12:30 pm “Dash Through the Snow” 5K Run & Walk, on Main St., register online at Winter souvenir with every entry!

1:00 pm Pre-Parade Festivities start on Main Street.

  • Ice Sculpturists, “Sakatah Carvers” of Waterville, MN – Marvel at the festive ice sculpture these talented artists will create throughout the afternoon.
  • Fish Camp – Tour our lighted display of area Fish Houses and warm up around the one of a kind Bonfire.
  • Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides – Take in the magic of Arli-Dazzle while touring Main Street on a Sleigh Ride.
  • Vintage Snowmobile Show – Come check out an array of unique vintage snowmobiles.
  • Santa’s Reindeer – Have your photo taken with Santa’s Reindeer.

Food Vendors (start at 1:00 pm): Come hungry & dine from one of ourmain food vendors including: Tollefson Family Pork, Green Isle Lion’s, Sugar Stone Creations, Taqueria Del Buen Pastor & Knights of Columbus.

1:00-2:00 pm Live Broadcast of Sibley Talk– Featuring Bob Thomes & Matt Nelson in front of Thomes Bros, corner of 4th Ave SW & W. Main St.

2:00-5:00 pm  Professional Caroling Group “Decantus” – Traditionally Dressed Christmas Carolers spreading Holiday Joy.

2:00 pm Sled Dogs– interact with a real live sled dog team!

2:30 pm Old-time Snowball Baseball Game featuring the Arlington Greys vs. the Mankato Baltics at Frenzel Park, 607 West Baker Street.

4:00 pm Amazing Hoopsters– of Hutchinson, MN, will provide a lighted “Hooping” performance on Main Street.4:00 pm Schell’s Hobo Christmas Quartet– Listen to some Christmas classics from this one of a kind quartet.

5:30 pm Arli-Dazzle Parade on Main St.- goes from west to east, starting at Hwy. 5 moving east through downtown and continue all the way to Cty. Rd. 17.

If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring any of the Arli-Dazzle events or activities, please contact Lyle Rud at 507-995-9314 or mail your contribution to: Arli-Dazzle Parade, c/o Arlington Chamber of Commerce PO Box 543, Arlington MN 55307.  Your donations, large or small, are all welcomed in helping ensure our treasured event sustains for many years!

The Sibley County Town Hall event is coming to the Arlington Community Center on Thursday, November 16th from 6-9 pm. This will be our opportunity to collectively address the child care shortage. It’s important that local officials, employers, employees, and providers attend this event. It is free and dinner will be provided, but please register to attend at

Power Outage

Please contact City of Arlington Staff immediately when you are experiencing a power outage.

**DO NOT contact McLeod Cooperative Power, they cannot help you! **

Monday-Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) 507-964-2378
Emergency After-Hours (anytime) 507-327-6601

*In the event of a mass power outage, the “After-Hours” phone may be busy due to the amount of phone calls coming in. Customers are encouraged to leave a detailed message during this time and City Staff will call you back when they can.


At the September 18th meeting, the Arlington City Council approved a 5.98% preliminary tax levy increase for 2018. The Council, in partnership with its committees, departments and staff, will continue to review and revise the proposed budget in anticipation of reductions to the levy amount by December, when the Council adopts the final levy for 2018. As always, once the preliminary tax levy has been set, it cannot be increased, only decreased. The preliminary tax levy as proposed:

General Fund $587,634
Fire Pumper Loan $35,000
Comm. Ctr. Building Bond $61,000
2009 G.O. RF Bonds (Street & Utility) $47,000
2012 G.O. Bonds (Street & Utility) $5,000
2015 G.O. Bonds (Street & Utility) $70,000
2017 G.O. Bonds (Street & Utility) $51,800
Other Levies (Tax Abatement) $2,500

The proposed increase in the General fund levy reflects an increase in services and fees in a few departments, additional transfers, and anticipated health insurance premium and wage increases. The debt service portion of the preliminary levy reflects amounts sufficient to meet debt repayment requirements. The City Council will hold a Truth-in-Taxation hearing on Monday, December 4th to provide an overview of the proposed 2018 budget and take public comment prior to approving the final budget and tax levy.