Last Place on Earth Ordered to Pay for Police Presence

By KBJR News 1

January 2, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Last Place on Earth is now legally a nuisance.

St. Louis County Judge Shaun Floerke has determined the controversial headshop is causing multiple problems in downtown Duluth, and must pay for the trouble.

The temporary injunction states that the city of Duluth is responsible for staffing two Police officers at Last Place on Earth, one hour before the store opens, until closing time.

The twist is that Last Place owner Jim Carlson has to pay for the cost of assigning the officers.

The bill will include pay and the cost of any benefits normally offered to a Duluth Police officer in a similar position.

City Attorney Gunner Johnson estimates the bill could be about $1,000 a day.

According the Floerke's memorandum, law enforcement responce has increased greatly in the past two years. The document says that the sale of synthetics has increased the request for law enforcement in the area 81%.

He also says that this is just the beginning, and the city is seeking a permanent injunction that, according to Judge Floerke's memorandum, would close Last Place on Earth for one year.

"We are going to be moving forward as quickly as possible for the permanent injunction and we are moving in the right direction with this case," said Johnson at City Hall Wedsnday.

There will be a conference to schedule that hearing on January 8th.

Carlson wasn't happy hearing the news.

He said that the police officers already stationed outside of Last Place have been ineffective.

Also he added that with the amount of tax he already pays, it's unreasonable that he should have to pay extra.

Zach Vavricka

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