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Art explores two opinions of synthetic drug seller

April 4, 2014
Associated Press

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A new art show in Duluth explores conflicting opinions on whether a local store owner who sold synthetic drugs is a hero or villain.

The four-year battle between Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson and the city of Duluth played out in print, broadcast and online. Carlson was eventually convicted in federal court of selling the banned substances — a verdict he's appealing.

"Hero/Villain/Savior/Scoundrel: Portraits of Jim Carlson & Don Ness" opens Saturday at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in downtown Duluth. Many of the paintings are humorous, some are serious and others are surprising. Duluth artist Joe Klander tells Minnesota Public Radio ( ) many might think Carlson is the villain, but for others, it might be the other way around. Don Ness is the city's mayor who was often at conflict with Carlson.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News,



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