Staples/Motley

Staples and Motley, situated in the heart of Todd County, Minnesota, embody the quintessential charm of small Midwestern towns. Staples, with its population of approximately 2,900, and Motley, with around 660 residents, share a close geographical and cultural connection along U.S. Highway 10. These communities boast a diverse economic landscape encompassing agriculture, retail, and a growing tourism sector, fueled by their proximity to pristine lakes and ample outdoor recreational opportunities. Together, these towns offer an appeal to both residents seeking a tight-knit community and visitors in search of a serene, rural escape in the heart of Minnesota.

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $228K
Lowest Price $15.9K
Highest Price $725K
Total Listings 40
Avg. Days On Market 94
Avg. Price/SQFT $205

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Area Information

Staples and Motley are two adjacent towns situated in central Minnesota's Todd County with a population of around 2,900 residents in Staples and 660 in Motley. These towns are connected by U.S. Highway 10, which makes them easily accessible to neighboring communities.

Economically, the Staples-Motley area has a diverse base that includes agriculture, retail, and tourism. Agriculture plays a significant role in the local economy, with farming and related businesses contributing to the region's prosperity. The proximity of several lakes, including the popular Fishtrap Lake, Gull Lake, and the Crow Wing River, makes tourism an essential part of the local economy. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the area for activities such as fishing, boating, and hunting.

Education is provided by the Staples-Motley School District, which serves students from both towns and the surrounding rural areas. Staples is home to the Central Lakes College - Staples campus, offering higher education and vocational training opportunities to residents. Sourcewell is a major employer of residents in Staples and surrounding areas. 

Community Attractions in Staples/Motley, Minnesota

The communities of Staples and Motley offer a variety of community attractions await residents and visitors alike, specifically outdoor recreation! This area beckons outdoor enthusiasts with its scenic trails for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling, along with many lakes nearby that showcase the region's natural beauty.

Crow Wing River - The Crow Wing River runs through Staples, providing opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. It's an excellent place to enjoy the tranquility of the water and the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Fishing and Water Recreation - The Staples area is surrounded by numerous lakes, including Fishtrap Lake, Lake Alexander, and Lake Shamineau. These lakes are known for their fishing and water recreation activities, such as boating and swimming.

Staples-Motley Area Community CenterThis facility in Staples offers a range of amenities, including an indoor pool, fitness center, and community events. It's a hub for recreational and fitness activities for residents.

Hunting and Wildlife Viewing - The surrounding forests and natural areas provide excellent opportunities for hunting, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing.

Local Festivals - Keep an eye out for local festivals and events happening throughout the year, such as the "Railroad Days" festival in Staples, which celebrates the town's heritage.

Bars and Restaurants 

Tower Pizza - Offering dine-in and carry-out with monthly pizza specials. 

Beck's Burger Co - A  local bar and grill with 21 beers on tap! 

Timbers Restaurant - Attached to the Timberlake Hotel in Staples. Offering lunch, dinner and daily specials. 

Lefty's Bar and Grill - A hometown bar also offering off-sale liquor. 

Stomping Grounds - Specializing in coffee drinks as well as serving quick lunch bites + baked goods! 

Monte Azul Mexican Bar & Grill - A taste of Mexico in Staples! 

Local Events

Railroad Days - Hosted in August of each year featuring a parade, medallion hunt, car show + more. 

Trails and Parks 

Dower Lake Recreation Area - Features a fishing pier, softball fields, frisbee golf course, basketball court + more!

Lincoln Park - Playground equipment, a basketball court, and picnic areas! 

Northern Pacific Park - Features a new playground, picnic areas and open space for residents and guests to enjoy. 

Pine Grove Park - Offers picnic shelters, playgrounds, baseball fields, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, ponds, and nature walking.

Veterans Park - Located along Highway 10, Veterans Park is currently being constructed by the Staples All Veterans and Community Park Association. 

Wilson Park - Wilson Park has a sand volleyball court, basketball court, picnic areas, and playground equipment.


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