Updated: 05/29/2014 10:29 AM
Created: 05/29/2014 10:25 AM WDIO.com
By: Alan Hoglund
For years, former Duluth business "The Last Place on Earth" made headlines for it's sale of synthetic drugs. Now the city is getting rid of the last bits of evidence showing it was ever there.
Piece by piece, city workers unscrewed the painted sign from the Superior Street storefront Thursday morning. Eyewitness News also saw crews working near a sign on the roof of the building.
City Communication and Policy Director Daniel Fanning posted on his Facebook page that it's a sign of a better, safer, cleaner and more business-friendly downtown district.
The business owner, Jim Carlson, is awaiting sentencing after a jury found him guilty of 51 federal charges in October. Charges included Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Causing Misbranded Drugs to be Introduced into Interstate Commerce.
Lava Haugen, Carlson's girlfriend, was also found guilty on four counts. The jury found Carlson's son, Joseph Gellerman, guilty on two counts.
Following the verdict, Mayor Don Ness said "today is the culmination of more than two years of this community combating the open sales of synthetics in our downtown."
Minn. Man Charged with 59 Counts of Sexual Assault Arrested in Brazil
A Minnesota man wanted for 59 felony counts of criminal sexual assault from allegations that he abused young women while acting as their pastor was arrested in Brazil Friday.
Six Drug Overdoses in 24 Hours have Duluth Police Concerned
Duluth Police report there have been six drug related overdoses in a recent 24-hour period, and while there have been no deaths, they are concerned.
Esko Robotics Rookies Take on Regional Competition
The First Robotics Competition for high school students wrapped up at the DECC Saturday night, but while many veteran teams were taking on the challenge once again, one Northland team built and competed with its first robot ever...
Lake Superior Ice Show Goes Out With a Bang
It was the final weekend for the Lake Superior Ice Project Ice Show, and the community celebrated with a bang Saturday.
Local Families in Need Receive Free, Refurbished Cars
Three deserving families in Duluth got the keys to their very own set of wheels Saturday as recipients of Community Action Duluth's vehicle donation program. The vehicles were donated to the program, then refurbished by local Nappa AutoCare shops...