Court of Appeals Opinions



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Opinion Policies

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, July 27, 2015


A14-1813     State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Ray Bennett, Appellant.
                     
Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Elena L. Ostby.
           Minnesota's test-refusal statute does not violate the unconstitutional-conditions doctrine by imposing a criminal penalty on a person who has been arrested for driving while impaired and has refused to submit to a breath test.
           Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
           Concurring specially, Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.


A14-1601
     Minnesota Voters Alliance, et al., complainants, Relators, vs. Anoka-Hennepin
                      School
District, Respondent, Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings,
                      Respondent.
          
           Office of Administrative Hearings.
           A school district's act of placing a levy question on the ballot is not an act to "promote" the levy question within the meaning of Minn. Stat. § 211A.01, subd. 4 (2014).  A school district acts to "promote" a levy ballot question within the meaning of Minn. Stat. § 211A.01, subd. 4, only when it urges the adoption of the levy ballot question by express advocacy or by statements that, viewed as a whole, are the functional equivalent of express advocacy.
           Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.


A14-1472
     Ryan Contracting Company, Appellant, vs. O'Neill & Murphy, LLP, et al.,
                      Respondents.
          
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Ronald L. Abrams.
           When determining whether a mechanic's lien is exempt under Minn. Stat. § 514.011, subd. 4c (2014) from the pre-lien notice requirement in Minn. Stat. § 514.011, subd. 1 (2014), the focus is whether the intended improvement to real property is "wholly or partially nonresidential in use" and not the existing use at the time the improvement is commenced.
           Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge John P. Smith.
 
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, July 27, 2015

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


1.        A14-1050
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ricky Marcel Roberson, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
           Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.

2.        A14-1065
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Lee Blanshan, Appellant.
           Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
           Wadena County District Court, Hon. Sally Ireland Robertson.

3.        A14-0835
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Aaron Paul Hamilton, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
           Dakota County District Court, Hon. Robert R. King, Jr.

4.        A14-1939
           Troy K. Scheffler, Appellant, vs. Minnesota Department of Human Services, Respondent,
           Anoka County, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
           Anoka County District Court, Hon. Douglas B. Meslow.

5.        A14-1362
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Travis Earl Stringer, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher.

6.        A14-1170
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Maurice Antwan Hegwood, Appellant.
           Reversed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
           Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Judge Kathy M. Wallace.

7.        A14-1396
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Lester McHan, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
           Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.

8.        A14-1789
           United States Steel Corporation, Relator, vs. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency,
           Respondent.
           Reversed and remanded.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
           Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

9.        A14-2147
           Robert William Silker, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
           Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Robert Birnbaum.

10.      A14-0408
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Scott Michael Popa, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
           Anoka County District Court, Hon. Lawrence R. Johnson.

11.      A14-2074
           John Green, Respondent, vs. Greg Kellen, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
           Big Stone County District Court, Hon. Gerald J. Seibel.

12.      A14-1486
           Mary D. Isaacson, Relator, vs. The Anthem Companies, Inc., Respondent, Department of
           Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
           Department of Employment and Economic Development.

13.      A14-2182
           Christine Lynn Sypnieski, f/k/a Christine Lynn Holtz, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Kevin
           Douglas Holtz, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
           Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Eric J. Askegaard.

14.      A15-0192
           In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Milton Thomas.
           Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. David C. Higgs.

15.      A14-1855
           Jose Manuel Flores, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
           Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Joseph T. Carter.

16.      A14-1467
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeremiah Thomas Lord, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
           Stearns County District Court, Hon. Kris Davick-Halfen.

17.      A14-1755
           George Marita Obara, Relator, vs. Commissioner of Human Services, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
           Minnesota Department of Human Services.

18.      A14-1729
           Jeffrey Alan Brouse, et al., Appellants, vs. Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company,
           et al., Respondents.
           Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
           Marshall County District Court, Hon. Judge Jeffrey Scott Remick.

19.      A14-1004
           Randy Lundgren, Appellant, vs. Diane Cash, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
           Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. David J. TenEyck.

20.      A14-1690
           Ride Auto Company, judgment creditor, Appellant, vs. Luis Silva Ibanez, Judgment
           Debtor, Johnny's LLC, et al., garnishees, Respondents.
           Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
           Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.

21.      A14-0700
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Leland Ronald Nelson, II, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge David Minge. *
           Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.

22.      A14-2117
           John Osmanski, et al., Appellants, vs. Shakopee Distribution Services, LLC, Respondent,
           Star Tribune Media Company, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Bruce D. Willis.*
           Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.

 
 
* 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
July 27, 2015


1.        A15-0040
           Matthew Glenn Wiechmann, Respondent, vs. Hannah Claudia Taylor, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas
           Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Bradley C. Walker
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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