Court of Appeals Opinions



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Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday.

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will mail a notice that informs counsel, pro se parties, and court personnel associated with a case that an opinion will be released the following Monday.  Opinions are available online or by visiting the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, after the Monday release time.  Copies of the opinions are mailed to involved parties on Mondays.

In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on a business day other than Monday.  In these instances, involved parties will be contacted just prior to the special release.

Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously released Court of Appeals Opinions.


Published OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a published opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Published opinions include an extensive analysis of the facts and law. They will be considered and used by courts faced with similar issues in the future, and they are published in books found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, August 31, 2015



A15-0060       Jerry Wayne Cole, Appellant, vs. Alexander Allen Wutzke, Respondent.
                        Anoka County District Court, Hon. Judge Daniel A. O'Fallon.
           A district court abuses its discretion by ordering the entry of judgment in an action deemed dismissed for noncompliance with Minn. R. Civ. P. 5.04(a) if the plaintiff has established a basis for relief under Minn. R. Civ. P. 60.02.
           Reversed and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas
 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as published opinions.

UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS
FILED Monday, August 31, 2015

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2014)



1.        A14-1513
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Demarcus Nasson Chaney, Appellant.
           Affirmed as modified.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
           Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Judge Natalie E. Hudson.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.

2.        A14-1819
           Winhaven Court Apartments, Respondent, vs. Sally Carney, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
           Winona County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey D. Thompson.

3.        A14-1733
           Julio Cesar Garcia-Gomez, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
           Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.

4.        A15-0418
           In the Matter of the Welfare of:  D. M. T., Child.
           Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
           Douglas County District Court, Hon. David R. Battey.
 
5.        A15-0015
           First Baptist Church of St. Paul, et al., Appellants, vs. City of St. Paul, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.

6.        A14-1849
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Grady Dean Pederson, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
           Cottonwood County District Court, Hon. Christina M. Wietzema.

7.        A14-1444
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Francis Allen Skinness, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
           Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Robert Birnbaum.

8.        A14-1723
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Sunil Vidyadhar Sapatnekar, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
           McLeod County District Court, Hon. Michael R. Savre.

9.        A15-0072
           Michelle Davidsavor, Relator, vs. Department of Employment and Economic
           Development, Respondent.
           Reversed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
           Department of Employment and Economic Development.

10.      A14-2100
           Ernest Malisheske, et al., Appellants, Great West Casualty Company, Intervenor, vs.
           Kevin Kortan, et al., Respondents.
           Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
           Wright County District Court, Hon. Michele A. Davis.

11.      A14-1376
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert Darryl Boettcher, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya Mozell Bransford.

12.      A15-0083
           Keith Melillo, Appellant, vs. Terry Arden Heitland, Respondent.
           Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
           Scott County District Court, Hon. Ann M. Offermann.

13.      A14-1107
           In re the Matter of:  Boyd Jacob Phelps, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Lynnea Diana
           Sterling, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jane Ranum.

14.      A15-0309
           State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Krystal Elizabeth Alwin, Respondent.
           Reversed and remanded.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Diane R. Alshouse.

15.      A15-0084
           Advance Contract Equipment and Design LC, d/b/a, Rapids Foodservice Contract and
           Design, Respondent, vs. Kevin LaMere, Appellant, Horizon Equipment LLC, Defendant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Robert Awsumb.

16.      A15-0079
           Stanislav Kopylov, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Tatiana Kopylov, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
           Scott County District Court, Hon. Michael A. Fahey.

17.      A15-0211
           In the Matter of:  Ashley Rose Henke and o/b/o I. J. S.-H. and M. J. S.-H., petitioner,
           Respondent, vs. Kidane Sante Shulbe, Appellant.
           Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
           St. Louis County District Court, Hon. John B, Schulte.

18.      A14-2101
           County of Washington, Respondent, vs. Walker Properties of Woodbury II, LLC, et al.,
           Appellants.
           Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
           Washington County District Court, Hon. John R. McBride.

19.      A14-2191
           Fredrick Kemond Jackson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bruce A. Peterson.

20.      A15-0529
           State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Alonzo Crowder, Respondent.
           Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Margaret H. Chutich.
           Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Jerome B. Abrams.

21.      A15-0096
           Courtney Paulson, Relator, vs. General Nutrition Center, Inc., Respondent, Department
           of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Margaret H. Chutich.
           Department of Employment and Economic Development.

22.      A15-0053
           Ahmed Ghanim, Relator, vs. FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Services, Inc., Respondent,
           Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Margaret H. Chutich.
           Department of Employment and Economic Development.

23.      A14-1674
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Edward Valentine Forsythe, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
           Stearns County District Court, Hon. Frederick L. Grunke.

24.      A15-0271
           Creative Wealth Strategies, Inc., Appellant, vs. Kathy Jo Hurd, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge James C. Harten.*
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Mel I. Dickstein.

25.      A15-0219
           Anoka County Record, LLC, Appellant, vs. Anoka County Board of Commissioners, et
           al., Respondents.
           Affirmed.  Judge Bruce D. Willis.*
           Anoka County District Court, Hon. James A. Cunningham, Jr.

26.      A14-1642
           In re the Marriage of:  Charles DeBolt Hart, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Jennifer Jayne   Hart, Respondent.
           Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Bruce D. Willis.*
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Teresa R. Warner.

27.      A14-0423
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ty-Yn Shakhaun Holley, Appellant.
           Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Bruce D. Willis.*
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Lois R. Conroy.
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
Order OpinionsCases that involve a few simple issues may be decided by order opinions, which include little discussion of the facts of the case and a brief analysis of the laws that are involved.

RECENT ORDER OPINIONS
August 31, 2015



1.        A14-1965
           Larry Roosevelt Noble, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota,  Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Gina M. Brandt.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, August 31, 2015

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