Last Place on Earth owner loses claims in state appeals court; federal trial begins


A day ahead of Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson's federal trial, the Minnesota Court of Appeals paved the way for the city of Duluth Monday to shut down the head shop after affirming a district court ruling, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Carlson and his attorney, Randall Tigue appealed the lower court ruling, which allowed the city of Duluth to declare the synthetic drug seller a public nuisance.

In its ruling, the state appellate court said there was "ample evidence" to support the nuisance measure. In the ruling by 6th Judicial District in January, Judge Shaun Floerke granted a city of Duluth's motion for a temporary injunction stating, “It is clear that LPOE is creating a public nuisance which needs to be abated.”

Carlson also lost his appeal to get back more than $83,000 in property seized from him in a federal raid, which included a cache in firearms, the Star Tribune reports.

In a ruling in February 2012, a St. Louis County judge declared that the seized items were within the scope of the warrant and that police may retain them pending the outcome of Carlson’s criminal trial -- which is expected to begin with jury selection Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis.

Carlson, as well as his girlfriend, his son and a former employee were indicted on 54 federal charges in December.

According to the indictment, Carlson and his employees conspired to obtain and sell items falsely labeled as incense, potpourri and bath salts as a cover for synthetic drugs from March 2010 through September 2012.

The Last Place on Earth has been shut down since mid-July.

Last month, Carlson said he had been in touch with several city building owners and surrounding communities about possibly relocating his business.

Next Up

Cameron Champ

Final round helps Cameron Champ win 3M Open

Champ picked up his third career victory on Sunday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2021-07-25 at 1.08.41 PM

Clinton elevator fire prompts evacuation in western Minnesota

A massive blaze could be seen from far away Sunday.

Bob Motzko

Mack Motzko, son of Gophers coach Bob Motzko, dies in car crash

The crash happened late Saturday night in Orono.

police tape

Victims of triple homicide near La Crosse identified as young men

The victims are ages 24, 24 and 23, respectively.

Screen Shot 2021-07-25 at 7.26.01 AM

Dive team finds body of missing 13-year-old girl in Chanhassen lake

The girl had last been seen on a float on Lake Minnewashta.

Fairmont Raceway

MN race track under fire after announcer's racist remarks

The Fairmont Raceway voiced support for the announcer on social media.

Grayson Murray

Grayson Murray criticizes PGA Tour after pulling out of 3M Open

After withdrawing with a knee injury, Murray unloaded on his Twitter account.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Minneapolis residents will vote on replacing MPD with new public safety department

The Minneapolis City Council approved language for the ballot question Friday.