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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

788

Population
Growth Rate

1.44%

Median Age

46

Diversity Index

17.500

Housing & Income

Households

360

Total Housing Units

401


Owner Occupied

233

Renter Occupied

127

Vacant

41

Median Home Value

$155,303


Average Home Value

$201,395

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

1.48%


Per Capita Income

2.42%

Income Projection

Median Household

$41,940 $47,726


Average Household

$56,648 $63,456


Per Capita

$25,083 $28,268

Workforce

Total Businesses

65

Total Employed

925

Workers 16+

322

2021 Wholesale Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

422

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

22

Employed

266

2021 Food & Beverage Stores

N

Businesses

7

Employed

178

2021 Gas Stations - Businesses

N

Businesses

4

Employed

63

2021 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

6

Employed

62

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

6

Employed

60

Some
High School

38

Graduated
High School

194

Associates
Degree

50

Bachelor's
Degree

61

Graduate
Degree

20

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

144

Non-Resident Commuters

178

Drive Alone

276

Carpooled

23

Public

0

Work At Home

4