U.S. Attorney's Office files petition to seize Last Place on Earth

By KBJR News 1

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 6:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The U.S. Attorney's office is seeking court permission to seize a number of Duluth head shop owner Jim Carlson's assets.

Among them: the building that's home to the Last Place on Earth on Superior Streeet.

The court petition comes days after a jury convicted Carlson of 51 of 55 Federal charges related to synthetic drug sales.

Duluth businesses near the Last Place building say they're thrilled with the verdict, and have been vocal about the possibility of making improvements to their own properties if Carlson were forced to forfeit his building.

According to ShelDon Chief Financial Officer Mark Fredrickson, property values on the block have taken a hit because of the head shop's problem clientele.

"Now we can do things like say, 'maybe we want to improve our property,' and we know that it's an investment that will have a return to it if we decide to do it," said Fredrickson during an interview last Wednesday.

Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce President David Ross expressed similar feelings to NNC NOW: "That building, I believe, is going to be an opportunity for anyone of us who might be interested in purchasing that, because it will not continue as the Last Place on Earth."

Ross says, as of Monday, no prospective buyers have contacted the Chamber.

But it is a bit premature. The petition to seize the building was filed on Thursday.

Carlson's lawyer, Randall Tigue, says they have 10 calendar days to respond to the request.

Billy Wagness

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