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Minnesota Brothers Each Facing 29 Tax Felony Charges


Tue, Apr 13th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Saint Paul - The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced today that the Mille Lacs County Attorney's Office recently charged Todd Christenson, 50, of Fridley, and his brother Trent Christenson, 40, of Baxter, each with 29 felony tax crimes. They allegedly owe the state more than $69,000 in delinquent sales tax.



Todd and Trent each are charged with nine counts of making sales without a permit and 20 counts of willful tax evasion between 2008 and 2009.



According to the complaint, Todd and Trent bought a golf course in Garrison, Minnesota in 2003. After this, Todd was usually one to two years delinquent in filing sales tax returns for the golf course, and remitting the sales tax collected to the state.



As a result, the Minnesota Department of Revenue revoked the sales tax permit for the business. However, the business stayed open, which is a felony. In September 2008, Todd admitted he owed back taxes but claimed he was running the business under a tax permit issued for another organization. Department investigators later discovered this was not true.



In May 2009, the golf courses' website showed it was open for business. Later that month, department investigators seized nearly $2,000 from the business through a cash drawer levy. At the same time, the Christenson's were told that the new business registration they obtained was cancelled and it would be a felony to continue running the business.



A week later the business was open again. An anonymous letter claimed the two brothers were keeping the business open while removing and concealing funds. This cycle continued into fall 2009.



More than $50,000 in sales tax is owed to the state for the time period prior to the permit revocation. Another $14,000 is due for the July to October 2008 period and nearly $5,000 is due for the May through October 2009 period.



Each felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, up to a $10,000 fine, or both.



The Minnesota Department of Revenue has a 24-hour tip line for anyone who suspects an individual or business is violating tax laws, at (651) 297-5195 or 1-800-657-3500. Tipsters may remain anonymous and can also email the department at tax.fraud@state.mn.us. Last year, citizen tips resulted in 88 percent of the department's criminal case referrals.



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Minnesota Archaeology Week at the Rice County Historical Society

Tue, Apr 13th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Meeting with collectors - Artifact Identification

Join us at the Rice County Museum for Minnesota Archaeology Week on Thursday, May 6, 2010. If you have found a stone tool, arrow head or something else you would like to have identified bring i ..... 
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BICYCLE RIDING, DEATHS UP IN MINNESOTA; STATE AGENCIES CALL ON MOTORISTS TO SHARE THE ROAD

Tue, Apr 13th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota bike riders are back on the road - and motorists need to share the road, according to the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety (DPS) and Transportation (MnDOT). Preliminary 2009 stats from DPS report 10 bicyclist deaths, a drop ..... 
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AT&T TXTNG & DRIVNG CAMPAIGN URGES CONSUMERS THAT 'IT CAN WAIT'

Mon, Apr 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, April 9, 2010 - Stop what you're doing. Take out your wireless device. Read out loud the last text message you received. Would reading or responding to that text message while driving be worth causing a serious accident? When you look at ..... 
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National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter names new president

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, April 9, 2010 - Holly Anderson, a seven-year veteran of the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, has been named president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter.



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MPCA AWARDS OUTSTANDING WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATORS

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn ⎯ The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Tyler Carrigan from POET Biorefining for outstanding performance in wastewater operations during 2009. The awards were announced March 25th at the 73rd Annual Wa ..... 
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Forum aims to help medical professionals talk to patients about cancer risk from radon exposure

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

A forum for medical professionals to increase their awareness of radon as a leading cause of lung cancer will be held Thursday, May 6 in Bloomington.

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Workers to Begin Installing New MSP Airport Highway Signs Tonight

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- The days of driving to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, only to discover en route that its two terminals are on entirely separate roadways with no signs to tell you which terminal your airline uses, are about to ..... 
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BBB issues warning on fax scam targeting businesses

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

April 7, 2010 - St. Paul, MN- The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning companies to be on alert for a scam involving shipping orders placed via fax, and stolen credit card numbers.



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