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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

780

Population
Growth Rate

1.64%

Median Age

47

Diversity Index

16.600

Housing & Income

Households

353

Total Housing Units

389


Owner Occupied

234

Renter Occupied

119

Vacant

36

Median Home Value

$130,333


Average Home Value

$166,953

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

1.59%


Per Capita Income

3.27%

Income Projection

Median Household

$38,479 $42,998


Average Household

$55,906 $65,746


Per Capita

$24,591 $28,880

Workforce

Total Businesses

61

Total Employed

888

Workers 16+

311

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Construction

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Manufacturing

Businesses

2

Employed

13

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

3

Employed

422

Some
High School

31

Graduated
High School

168

Associates
Degree

44

Bachelor's
Degree

80

Graduate
Degree

17

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

156

Non-Resident Commuters

153

Drive Alone

253

Carpooled

32

Public

0

Work At Home

6


The Gateway to the Northern Minnesota Vacationland

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Morrison County, the gateway to the Northern Minnesota vacationland, is located 100 miles northwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Little more than a 90 minute drive via the four lane highway system. The area offers an abundance of wildlife, lakes, streams, snowmobiling and cross country ski trails. Beautiful parks and trails create endless opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation.