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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 ConAgra Foods. 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

782

Population
Growth Rate

1.50%

Median Age

45

Diversity Index

16.800

Housing & Income

Households

355

Total Housing Units

395


Owner Occupied

227

Renter Occupied

128

Vacant

40

Median Home Value

$131,081


Average Home Value

$163,938

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

1.49%


Per Capita Income

1.88%

Income Projection

Median Household

$37,787 $40,514


Average Household

$54,453 $59,603


Per Capita

$23,957 $26,295

Workforce

Total Businesses

61

Total Employed

795

Workers 16+

304

2020 Wholesale Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

422

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

17

Employed

112

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

7

Employed

69

2020 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

6

Employed

63

2020 Gas Stations - Businesses

N

Businesses

4

Employed

63

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

6

Employed

60

Some
High School

29

Graduated
High School

179

Associates
Degree

44

Bachelor's
Degree

74

Graduate
Degree

20

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

157

Non-Resident Commuters

147

Drive Alone

259

Carpooled

20

Public

0

Work At Home

5