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The village of Motley began its life early in the 1870's due to the Lake Superior and Puget Sound Railroad Company, which ran east to west, but the community was sustained by an active lumber industry. The earliest settler was Calvin Priestly, sent by the railroad company in the autumn of 1872. In 1878, H.B. Morrison built a large lumber mill. In 1881, Curtis and Lawrence also opened a mill one-mile from the village–sawing lumber, shingles and lath. These two mills provided employment for arriving workmen and opened the door for settlement. Soon additional industries sprang up, as did a thriving retail community. A school, churches and other amenities were built.

In the 1920's, the lumber industry in Minnesota began to decline. As a result, other industries took its place. Raising animals for fur became profitable. A variety of animals were farmed such as skunk, fox, muskrat and beaver. Turkey farming has also been an important industry in the Motley area.

A Lake of the Woods fisherman came through Motley needing to get rid of his catch of fish. Ed Morey traded corn for the fish and selling the fish immediately was a must. Thus, Ed Morey found his calling. The Morey Fish Company was formed and launched Motley as a seafood producing center.

Motley is the intersecting point of U.S. Highway 10 and 210. Two beautiful rivers, the Long Prairie and the Crow Wing, flow through the community. Motley is home to the Morey Fish Company and Trident Seafoods Company. The beauty of the city and its advantageous location make Motley the ideal setting for business and good living.

Motley Industrial Park

Motley

Population

Total Population

670

Population
Growth Rate

0.00%

Median Age

48

Diversity Index

21.500

Housing & Income

Households

308

Total Housing Units

338


Owner Occupied

201

Renter Occupied

107

Vacant

30

Median Home Value

$183,929


Average Home Value

$232,625

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.00%


Per Capita Income

3.55%

Income Projection

Median Household

$46,740 $54,439


Average Household

$64,885 $76,399


Per Capita

$29,096 $34,638

Workforce

Total Businesses

66

Total Employed

920

Workers 16+

277

2022 Wholesale Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

422

2022 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

21

Employed

254

2022 Food & Beverage Stores

N

Businesses

7

Employed

178

2022 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

7

Employed

67

2022 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

6

Employed

62

2022 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

5

Employed

56

Some
High School

30

Graduated
High School

171

Associates
Degree

47

Bachelor's
Degree

53

Graduate
Degree

19

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

107

Non-Resident Commuters

170

Drive Alone

221

Carpooled

23

Public

0

Work At Home

4