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Simon says: Be superior again. Voter turnout in Minnesota was high for many reasons
Individual health insurance premiums soar
Not a boy’s club: Women-owned businesses grow in U.S., North Dakota
Minnesota salons react to new health and safety rules
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Aerials compete in St. Paul
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Dorothy "Dot" Schocker
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Ole "Buddie" Risland Sr.
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JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Leave a legacy of words
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MASTER GARDENERS: Think about next year when it comes to garden debris
VIVIAN DELGADO COLUMN: Truth and Reconciliation: Water
Tigirlily to open for Justin Moore at Sanford Center
Monday Movie Report: Oscars Foreign Language Category adds first contenders
PATT RALL COLUMN: Fall is in the area, and in the theaters
BSO opens new season, 'Legends & Lore'
Justin Moore comes to Bemidji on Oct. 1
Rock-solid restoration: New Knutson Dam near Pennington unveiled
DNR to sell 40 northern Minnesota land parcels
Lake Bemidji State Park youth, muzzleloader hunts
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Cooling water temperatures pool the fish
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: The fisher kings of Minnesota
Johnson anniversary celebration
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Salvation Army leader’s legacy lives on
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August 15, 2014
Duluth head shop owner gets 17½ years for synthetic drug sales
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Carlson, owner of downtown Duluth’s Last Place on Earth head shop, was sentenced Thursday to more than 17 years in prison for the sale of synthetic drugs. U.S. District Judge David Doty imposed the 210-month sentence — 17½ years — during a hearing...
August 15, 2014 - 9:58am
January 30, 2014
Lawmakers eye nine ways to reduce synthetic drugs
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators are ready to take another stab at curtailing the use of synthetic drugs. A House committee established to...
January 30, 2014 - 12:29am
December 10, 2013
Judge denies new trial for Minn. head shop owner
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has denied a motion for a new trial or acquittal for a Duluth head shop owner and two employees convicted in a major synthetic drug case. U.S. District Judge David Doty says the evidence presented at trial was "more than sufficient" to support the...
December 10, 2013 - 11:39am
December 6, 2013
Judge allows seizure of Carlson money, property upon sentencing
The judge in the Jim Carlson synthetic drug case has granted an order deeming millions of dollars and property under Carlson’s name forfeited to the U.S. government upon his sentencing. U.S. District Court Judge David Doty signed the order late Thursday after he received a letter...
December 6, 2013 - 2:58pm
October 29, 2013
Synthetic drug defendants want new trial
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for three people convicted in a synthetic drug case in northeastern Minnesota have filed for a new trial. Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis say judicial rulings during the defendants' trial unfairly limited defense evidence,...
October 29, 2013 - 9:13am
October 9, 2013
Minnesota lawmakers try for handle on synthetic drugs
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota state legislators are struggling with how to craft new laws that would effectively combat the growing use of synthetic drugs. Several state House committees met Wednesday to strategize how to address problem that medical and law enforcement...
October 9, 2013 - 3:21pm
October 8, 2013
Duluth shop owner convicted on 51 charges
MINNEAPOLIS -- The owner of a Duluth business accused of selling synthetic drugs under other labels was convicted of 51 federal crimes by a Minneapolis jury Monday. The trial is seen as one of the first major tests in federal court of how effectively authorities can combat synthetic...
October 8, 2013 - 8:47am
September 16, 2013
Jury selection starts in Duluth synthetic drug case
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jury selection in the case of a Duluth business owner accused of selling illegal drugs begins today, with U.S. District Court Judge David S. Dotyacknowledging it may be hard to find jurors who are unaware of the Last Place on Earth head shop, even in Minneapolis. Jim...
September 16, 2013 - 8:30pm
July 11, 2013
Duluth retailer sues over synthetic drug ordinance
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The owner of a Duluth store that sells synthetic drugs is suing the city over a new ordinance regulating the product. Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson says the ordinance passed by the City Council last month is unconstitutional. It requires retailers...
July 11, 2013 - 9:13am
July 9, 2013
State House committee begins synthetic drug examination
ST. PAUL -- Trying to control dangerous synthetic drugs is a lot like playing the old carnival game whack-a-mole. In the game, every time a player...
July 9, 2013 - 8:35pm
Committee holds hearing on synthetic drugs' impact
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A legislative committee formed in response to synthetic drug use in Minnesota is holding its first hearing. The Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs is meeting Tuesday morning to talk about the impact of synthetic drugs....
July 9, 2013 - 9:13am
June 11, 2013
Duluth City Council votes to license retailers of synthetic drugs
By Peter Passi Forum News Service DULUTH — In its ongoing efforts to combat the sale and use of synthetic drugs, the Duluth City Council passed ordinances Monday night that require retailers of the products to be licensed by the city and that make it illegal for anyone...
June 11, 2013 - 11:00pm
Duluth regulates synthetic drug sales
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth City Council has voted to regulate the sale of synthetic drugs by requiring retailers selling the products to obtain a city license. Council member Sharla Gardner says she would like to see synthetic drugs made illegal, but until they are,...
June 11, 2013 - 9:37am
June 8, 2013
Crowd calls on Minnesota attorney general to help fight synthetic drug problem
By John Lundy Forum News Service DULUTH — Well over a hundred people packed a conference room at the Sheraton Hotel and spilled...
June 8, 2013 - 12:18am