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Last Place on Earth Signs Come Down

Updated: 05/29/2014 10:29 AM
Created: 05/29/2014 10:25 AM WDIO.com
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

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."

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