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.

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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, May 21, 2018



NO PUBLISHED OPINIONS FILED
 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, May 21, 2018

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


1.         A17-1504
            Cole Gilbert McGuire, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Pamela King.

2.         A17-1176
            In re the Matter of:  Colleen Jea’ne Olson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Jeremy Michael
            Olson, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Pamela King.

3.         A17-1760
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Adam Ryan Lagred, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Renville County District Court, Hon. Randall Slieter.

4.         A17-1156
            Richard S. Anderson, et al., Respondents, vs. Robert B. Hildreth, et al., Appellants, U. S.
            Bank National Association, Respondent, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.,
            as a nominee for U. S. Bank N. A., Respondent, and Robert B. Hildreth, et al., third party
            plaintiffs, Appellants, vs. Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as a nominee
            for BWM Mortgage, LLC, third party defendant, Respondent, Mortgage Electronic
            Registration Systems, Inc., as a nominee for Mortgageit, Inc., third party defendant,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Heidi M. Chandler.

5.         A17-1331, A17-1345
            Justin D. Meyer, Appellant (A17-1331), Justin D. Meyer, et al., Appellants (A17-1345),
            vs. Fairview Health Services d/b/a Fairview Lakes Regional Healthcare, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Suzanne Bollman.
           
6.         A17-0985
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeremiah Jerome Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Leslie Beiers.

7.         A17-1239
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ronald Renaldo Ulmer-Kelly, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bev Benson.


8.         A17-1523
            Larry Lake, et al., Respondents, vs. Hibbing Community College, et al., Defendants,
            Brian Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.

9.         A17-1139
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anayyha Nakashia Black, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

10.       A17-1387
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Sylvester Antoine Townsend, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.

11.       A17-1003
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Donavon Allen St. Claire, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.
           
12.       A17-0483
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Wilbert Glover, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher.

13.       A17-1381, A17-2040
            Jenella Joyce Conda, as trustee for the heirs and next of kin of Ronald Eugene Conda,
            Respondent, vs. Honeywell International, Inc., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. John H. Guthmann.

14.       A17-1604
            In the Matter of the Appeal by RS Eden/Eden House of the Determination of
            Maltreatment and Order to Pay a Fine.
            Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Department of Human Services.

15.       A17-1618
            Red Cross Construction, LLC, Respondent, vs. Donald Brenn, Defendant, Martha Brenn,
            Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Dyanna L. Street.

16.       A17-1917
            Christensen Law Office, PLLC, Respondent, vs. Serge Ngouambe, et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.

17.       A17-1515
            Ryan Wille, Relator, vs. Pan-O-Gold Baking Co (Corp), Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

18.       A17-1837
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  T.M., Jr., Child.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Bradley C. Walker.

19.       A17-1007
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kyle Steven Kottom, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Mark M. Starr.

20.       A17-1824
            Nathan Thomas Tow-Arnett, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bridget Sullivan.

21.       A18-0006
            Rachael Michelle Parker, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Mark A. Munger.

22.       A17-0610, A17-1623
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Leslie Paul Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Watonwan County District Court, Hon. Gregory J. Anderson.

23.       A16-1313
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rebecca Lavaughn McGowan, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.   Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Waldemar B. Senyk.

24.       A17-2067
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  S. E. M. and R. B. L. Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Amy R. Brosnahan.

25.       A17-1558
            Surer Muse, Relator, vs. Dakota County Community Development Agency, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Denise D. Reilly.
            Dakota County Community Development Agency.

26.       A17-1520
            Julia Wang, d/b/a Orchid Massage Spa, Relator, vs. City of Minneapolis, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services.

27.       A17-0857
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ronald Dean Smaller, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Jennifer Frisch.

28.       A17-1092
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Neil Ray Lystad, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Lake of the Woods County District Court, Hon. Donna K. Dixon.

29.       A17-1420
            Michael John Husten, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Hilary L. Caligiuri.

30.       A17-1311
            Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, Relator, vs. University of Minnesota, Board of
            Regents, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            University of Minnesota.

31.       A17-1214
            Barry McReynolds, Appellant, vs. West St. Paul Police Department, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Kathryn Davis Messerich.

32.       A17-1887
            Hollis J. Larson, Appellant, vs. The Minnesota Department of Human Services, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Shaun Floerke.

33.       A17-1826
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: R. L. H., C. L. M., and J. D., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge R. A. (Jim) Randall.*
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. David J. TenEyck.

 

 SPECIAL RELEASE OPINION FILED MAY 15, 2018

34.       A17-0538
            Mark Kedrowski, Appellant, vs. Lycoming Engines, a division of AVCO Corporation,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Dissenting, Judge R. A. (Jim) Randall.*
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. John H. Guthmann.

 
* 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
May 21, 2018



1.         A17-0980
            Alexander Martinelli, Appellant, vs. Department of Health Commissioner, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.

2.         A17-1452
            John Joseph Douglas, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Gary J. Pagliaccetti.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, May 21, 2018

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