Small Businesses Impacted by Closures.

Thousands of businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 could be helped.


St. Paul – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is creating an emergency loan program to help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance to meet their families’ basic needs during COVID-19 closures.  
The loan program was created under the Small Business Assistance Executive Order 20-15 announced by Governor Tim Walz on March 23. The loan program is intended to help businesses temporarily closed under Executive Order 20-04, later clarified by Executive Order 20-08, which stopped onsite customer dining at restaurants and bars and closed an extensive list of other small businesses whose owners may not have adequate cash flow to withstand temporary closure.   
“Over the last week, we’ve heard from many of Minnesota’s small businesses who are facing significant hardships because of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Governor Tim Walz. “Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, and now more than ever, we’re looking to creative solutions like DEED’s emergency loan program to help them weather these extraordinarily difficult times.” 
“We know that this emergency loan program is just one tool businesses will need to leverage to stay afloat,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “It’s an important one because it will get cash flowing quickly to the small Minnesota businesses that need it most.” 
Executive Order 20-15 directs DEED to create a Small Business Emergency Loan Program by making available $30 million from special revenue funds.  These dollars will be used by DEED’s lender network to make loans of between $2,500 and $35,000 for qualifying small businesses. The loans will be 50% forgivable, and offered at a 0% interest rate. If other financing becomes available to small businesses that received an emergency loan, such as federal funding, the emergency loan must be repaid. These emergency loans will be made by an existing network of lenders DEED works with across the state. Depending on the size of the loans offered to businesses, DEED estimates this emergency loan program will provide needed resources to between 1,200 and 5,000 businesses.  DEED expects loan applications will available later this week through our lender network. Minnesota small businesses should send questions about this emergency loan program to

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information

The attached presentation includes information on who qualifies and how to apply for an economic injury disaster loan, which is a federally funded relief program for small businesses. 

Community Center Events

In an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, the City Council made the decision to close the City Offices and, consequently, the Community Center. Until further notice private and public events are cancelled or postponed. If you have an event planned during next couple of months, please give us a call or send an email. 


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PeopleService Contingency Plan

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3/16/2020 City Council voted to close the Arlington Community Center to the public until further notice

Effective immediately (March 16 Council meeting), due to concerns for the health and safety of residents and City employees, City Council voted to close the Arlington Community Center to the public until further notice. Employees will still be working and can be reached by phone 507-964-2378 and email Utility bills can be paid online or at the drop box outside of the Community Center.

Arlington Book Project Learning Center, 229 West Main St., providing free access to Wi-Fi

The Arlington Book Project Learning Center at 229 West Main Street, Arlington will be providing free access to Wi-Fi and 6 computer stations (4 desktops and 2 Chromebooks) Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm beginning Monday, March 23 until schools reopen.
In order to maintain social distancing and a healthy environment, only 6 students at a time will be allowed to use the computers. If there is high demand, students will be limited to one hour of computer time each day. We have two rooms that will have computers available and a third room may be added where 4 students at a time who have their own devices will be allowed WIFI access.
Students will be required to wash their hands for 20 seconds before and after using computers. No food or drink allowed. Computers & Wi-Fi will be used for academic work only, no recreational use. The Arlington Book Project Learning Center may be contacted at 612-618-9092 or online at

Help Wanted: Police Chief

The City of Arlington, Minnesota (Population 2,233), a progressive community centrally located between the Twin Cities, Mankato, and Hutchinson, is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Chief.  The Police Chief is responsible for a department of two full-time officers and an administrative coordinator.  The selected candidate should possess strong leadership attributes including good people and communication skills, integrity, and management experience with a proven track record of creating a community-oriented police department.


Minimum Qualifications:  The Police Chief shall be licensed by the P.O.S.T. or be eligible to be licensed, with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree in law enforcement; five years progressive law enforcement experience. 

Preferred:  Two (2) years of supervisory or management experience in law enforcement or in a related field; Spanish speaking ability; Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Must be certified in CPR and trained in first aid (may receive within 60 days of employment). 

Ability to pass a thorough background investigation, psychological evaluation, and physical examination (including drug testing) is required.

Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class “D” driver’s license. 

Salary Range:  $68,000-$78,500. 

For application materials contact us or download PDF

The City of Arlington

204 Shamrock Dr.

Arlington, MN 55307

PHONE: 507-964-2378


Review of application materials will begin April 10, 2020 and will continue until position is filled. 

Interview date:  Wednesday, April 15, 2020. 


The City of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Disaster Declaration for Businesses

If you are a business owner, and are experiencing financial difficulties due to a disaster situation, follow the link to complete the Estimated Economic Injury Worksheet. Please return this form to the City offices via email or by leaving it in the payment dropbox outside the Community Center.