Alyssa Jo Lommel, UMD student who nearly froze, shares photos of her recovery

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More than two months after she was found nearly frozen to death on a neighbor's Duluth porch following a night of drinking, Alyssa Jo Lommel is out of the hospital and back home in St. Cloud.

Lommel, 19, needed to have all her fingers and most of her feet amputated, but judging by her Instagram, she hasn't let that crush her spirit.

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Global Village Duluth apologizes for "Annual MLK Day Black Sale"

Global Village Duluth -- a downtown store selling "Clothing, jewelry, scarves, incense, cards, tapestries, lamps, instruments...more unique gifts than you can imagine!" -- published the above post on its Facebook page Friday.

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This wasn't the first year Global Village held the "MLK Day Black Sale." But it was the first that the promotion was widely decried, and as a result store owner Rachel Mock issued a public apology earlier today.

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Alyssa Jo Lommel, UMD student who nearly froze, cried when told about amputations [UPDATE]

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-- Update at bottom --

Original post (December 30) -- Around 9:30 a.m. on December 7, University of Minnesota-Duluth student Alyssa Jo Lommel, 19, was found nearly frozen to death on a neighbor's porch. She'd apparently spent the entire night outside while temperatures dropped as low as 17 below zero.

THE BACKSTORY: UMD student Alyssa Jo Lommel tweeted about tequila shots before she was found freezing

More than three weeks later, Lommel remains hospitalized. Her condition has been upgraded to fair, but according to her family, doctors still haven't told her how bad her injuries are.

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Taylor Griffin of Duluth allegedly carjacked elderly good Samaritan

Categories: Crime, Duluth
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From the "Assuming the charges are accurate, how do these people sleep at night?" file:

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Duluth resident Taylor Griffin, 19, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree aggravated assault, auto theft, and child endangerment for carjacking a 77-year-old woman who offered to give her and her 2-year-old child a ride because the elderly woman was concerned about Griffin and her kid being stranded in the cold weather.

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UMD student Alyssa Jo Lommel tweeted about tequila shots before she was found freezing [UPDATE]

Categories: Duluth
Lommel is a St. Cloud native.
:::: UPDATE :::: Alyssa Jo Lommel, UMD student who almost froze, still hasn't been told about her injuries

Around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 19-year-old University of Minnesota-Duluth student Alyssa Jo Lommel was found passed out on a neighbor's porch. She had apparently been outside all night while temperatures dropped as low as 17 degrees below zero. As you'd imagine, she was suffering from severe hypothermia.

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Lommel was rushed to the hospital. As of last night, she was in "stable critical" condition, but her parents told the Duluth News Tribune she may end up losing one or more of her hands and feet.

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Duluth TV anchors fake being outside from warm comfort of studio [IMAGE]

Suffice it to say the News Centers' green screen skills could use a little work.
During the Northland News Center's broadcast of Duluth's frigid Christmas City of the North parade last Friday night, TV anchors wore their winter coats.

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Thing is, they didn't actually need them. Look closely at the screengrab at the top of this post and you'll notice they were just pretending to be outside from the warm comfort of the NBC affiliate's studio.

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In controversial verdict, Jim Carlson, Last Place on Earth owner, convicted of felony drug charges

Categories: Drugs, Duluth
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Carlson's store is closed, and he'll remain behind bars pending his sentencing.
Jim Carlson days of selling synthetic drugs in Duluth appear to be over for good. Yesterday, he was convicted of 51 felony counts in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

THE BACKSTORY: Last Place owner Jim Carlson arrested again, one day after posting bail

But Carlson's precedent-setting conviction is controversial, and his attorney says he'll appeal. Carlson was found guilty not of selling illegal substances per se, but of violating a federal law prohibiting the sale of "analogue" substances designed to mimic illegal ones.

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Superior mayor: I'll do anything to stop Jim Carlson from opening bar or methadone clinic

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Minnesota's most notorious small business owner is considering a move to Wisconsin, but officials there say they won't have him.
After a battle spanning years, Duluth officials finally succeeded earlier this summer in temporarily closing Jim Carlson's Last Place on Earth store by persuading a judge to declare it a public nuisance.

THE BACKSTORY: Last Place owner Jim Carlson arrested again, one day after posting bail

But Minnesota's most notorious purveyor of synthetic drugs isn't about to retire. Instead, he's looking for another Twin Ports-area spot to open a new business, and yesterday, he floated the idea of opening "a bar or methadone clinic" in Superior.

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Marcus Linky gave himself haircut in unsuccessful attempt to evade arrest [MUGSHOT]

Categories: Crime, Duluth
Not bad, especially considering he did it in a hurry while the cops were chasing him, right?
Around 11 p.m. Wednesday, Duluth police received a call about a disturbance on the 1300 block of East Fourth Street. When they arrived, officers saw a man with shaggy hair standing outside a residence with a rifle.

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They ordered him to drop the gun. He did as told, but then bolted inside a house. Officers went in after him... only to discover he didn't look quite as shaggy as he did minutes earlier.

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Duluth girl abducted by mask-wearing man

Duluth police are asking for any help they can get in trying to find a 14-year-old girl who was abducted around 5:30 p.m. yesterday near Lincoln Park in the southwestern part of the city.

According to reports, the girl is an American Indian with waist-length black hair in a bun and "perfect white teeth." She has a stud piercing above her right eye and was wearing a green shirt with "Aero" written on the front along with white leggings, flip-flops, and a silver bracelet.

The suspect is also American Indian, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with black hair in a braid. At the time of the abduction, his face was covered by a black bandana, and he was wearing a long-sleeved shirt with a Chicago Bulls logo on the back. He had a baton in his hand.

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