Town Days Tour 2013 Arlington

History

  • The City of Arlington was first settled in the year 1855.
  • Arlington is located in eastern Sibley County on Highway 5. Nearby lakes and rivers include High Island Creek and Silver Lake, which is about 4 miles east of town.
  • While the area where Arlington is now located was first settled in 1855, the town was not platted until a year later, in 1856. The town was officially organized in 1858, and the name Arlington was approved at a town meeting on May 11th of that year. The general settlement of the area began in the 1860′s and 70′s. The settlers of the area were of predominately German descent.
  • In 1948, Arlington was incorporated as a “Home Rule Charter” city. Revision of the charter occurred in 1982.
  • Arlington was designated as a Minnesota Star City in 1990.
  • Arlington is the hometown of 2 Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame inductees: Jim O’Brien and Eddie Mueller.
  • The President of the Ara Wilson Baseball League for many years, Augie Mueller, is from Arlington.

Businesses

  • Arlington is paired with Gaylord and Green Isle to form the Sibley East School District. The consolidation took effect July 1st, 1995. Sibley East High School is located in Arlington. They are the Wolverines.
  • Arlington is home to Seneca Foods, one of the largest vegetable canning operations in the US. 2010 marks 105 years of canning in Arlington as well. The plant currently has 4 canning lines, and produces an average of 56-thousand cases of peas and sweet corn per day. Seneca currently employs 46 full-time workers, along with up to 160 seasonal pack employees.
  • All your concrete needs can be met in the City of Arlington by Cemstone Concrete Products.
  • Farmers from the Arlington area travel to Scott Equipment for their various implements. It is located just outside of Arlington.

Festivals & Events

  • Arlington’s big festival of the summer is Town and Country Days. The annual celebration highlights all the positive aspects of both the rural and city life of Arlington residents. It features plenty of good food, music, and more. Town and Country Days 2006 was extra special as the City of Arlington celebrated its Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary.
  • Saturday nights in the summer months of May through September, the roar of powerful engines and crowds can be heard at the Arlington Raceway.
  • The Sibley County Fair takes place in Arlington every summer during the 1st weekend of August.
  • The Arlington Fire Department holds a dance every January to raise funds for firefighting equipment.
  • The Arlington Lions Club holds a huge fish fry once a year. The event is hugely popular, and is attended by thousands of people.
  • What is billed as probably the largest lighted Christmas Parade in Minnesota, Arli-Dazzle, takes place the first Saturday in December. It includes an appearance by Santa Claus, as well as horse-drawn sleigh rides, pictures with live reindeer, carolers, food, and nearly a hundred lighted floats. 2013 will mark the 5th year of the Arli-Dazzle Parade. 

People  

  • The population of Arlington is approximately 2,500. The Mayor of Arlington is James Kreft.
  • Arlington native John McGovern was a Minnesota Golden Gophers football player who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966. He died in 1963.
  • Arlington native Anne Panning is an award winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. She teaches English at State University of New York at Brockport and co-directs the Brockport Writers Forum.
  • Arlington is easily recognized by its baseball water tower. The town is home of the 5-time State Amateur Baseball champs and 2-time State High School Baseball champs.
  • The City of Arlington was designated a Governor’s Fit City in 2010. The criteria include creating inviting places to walk, adopting a value statement affirming the importance of fitness, having at least one city-sponsored fitness activity, and developing recreation areas that encourage fitness.
  • Dave and Dee Czech were the recipients of the City of Arlington’s “Darwin Mathwig Community Service Award” in 2012. They were chosen for the honor because of their community spirit, service and dedication. Dave Czech served on the Arlington Police Commission, the Sibley County Food Shelf and Sibley Medical Center boards, and other organizations for many years, and was the mayor of Arlington for several years as well. Dee Czech helped bring the Traverse des Sioux Library Service to Sibley County has been an instrumental part of the community’s annual spring cleanups and recycling programs, and much more.
  • The President of the Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce for 2013 is Steve Gillaspie. The Vice President is Todd Sandberg, and the Secretary Terry Klages.
  • Mueller Farms of Arlington showed the Grand Champion Purebred Simmental Heifer at the National Western Stock Show in Denver in early 2012. The heifer was Supreme Champion at the 2011 Sibley County Fair as well, along with Grand Champion at the 2011 Minnesota Beef Expo. Jim and Stacy Mueller started Mueller Farms in the Year 2000.
  • One of the largest employers in the City of Arlington closed in 2012. Technical Services for Electronics shut down its 13,000 square-foot manufacturing plant and transferred the products made there to a larger facility in Jackson. All 92 manufacturing employees at the Arlington plant were offered positions at the Jackson facility.
  • Sibley East High School Ag Teacher Jeff Eppen received the 2012 Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education Region 3 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. He was chosen above candidates from 6 different states.
  • KNUJ’s Hometown Hero for August 2012 was Kay Schumacher of Arlington for her dedication to her community. Schumacher has volunteered for countless committees and organizations over the years. She has been a member of the Sibley Medical Center Foundation Board and Auxiliary for over a decade, as well as the Sibley County Relay For Life Committee. She serves on many Arlington Chamber of Commerce committees, including for the annual Town and Country Days, volunteers her time at the county fair every year, has led a Youth Group on a Mission Trip to a southern state to help the poor, is the Chair of the local Blood Bank, is active with her church, and much more.
  • Sibley East High School Homecoming royalty was crowned in October of 2012. Homecoming King was Steve Haeff and Homecoming Queen was Courtney Schwirtz.

 

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