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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.

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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, June 10, 2019



A18-1055        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Deveon Marquise Branch, Appellant.
                          Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Shereen Askalani.
            Under the rule that a defendant may receive only one sentence for multiple offenses involving one victim committed as part of a single behavioral incident, a conviction of a single count of drive-by shooting at an occupied motor vehicle does not constitute an offense against each of the vehicle’s occupants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.


A18-1271
        Fletcher Properties, Inc., et al., Respondents, vs. City of Minneapolis, Appellant.
                         Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bruce A. Peterson.
            A city ordinance prohibiting landlords from refusing to rent to tenants with federal housing choice vouchers does not implicate a fundamental right.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, June 10, 2019

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2018)



1.         A19-0093
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Jerome Woodraska, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Freeborn County District Court, Hon. Steven Schwab.

2.         A18-1256, A18-1390
            Kenneth Lloyd Morris, individually and derivatively OBO Rural Energy Solutions, LLC,
            Appellants (A18-1256), Plantiffs (A18-1390), David Jones, et al., Appellants (A18-
            1390), vs. Mychael Lee Swan, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Karen R. Duncan.

3.         A18-1944
            Jean J. Vogt, Appellant, vs. Arnold A. Juliar, et al., Respondents, Sally Hanson,
            Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Krista J. Jass.

4.         A18-0898
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Raymond Victor Mouchka, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. John C. Hoffman.

5.         A18-1598
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joel Andrew Matz, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Paul Scoggin.

6.         A18-1509
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Sam James Lemieux, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Dale O. Harris.

7.         A18-1572
            Raymond Baba Atimbaneme, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Martha M. Simonett.

8.         A18-1416
            Deborah J. Schmitt, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Paul N. Schmitt, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Frederick L. Grunke.

9.         A18-1858
            Michael David Henderson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

10.       A18-1861
            Dorene Larson, Appellant, vs. Joseph Robert Schramel, Respondent, State of
            Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Michele A. Davis.

11.       A18-1749
            Reinol Godines Vergara, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.

12.       A18-1845
            Joel S. Rabbe, et al., Appellants, vs. Farmers State Bank of Trimont, et al.,
            Respondents, Allen Kahler, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Martin County District Court, Hon. Christina M. Wietzema.

13.       A18-1607
            Mark R. Zweber, Appellant, vs. Credit River Township, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Rex D. Stacey.

14.       A18-1392
            Daniel Leith Renville, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Patrick R Rohland.

15.       A18-1268
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Labaron Sentell Black, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Lyon County District Court, Hon. Michelle A. Dietrich.

16.       A18-1934
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Yusuf Abdirahman Yusuf, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Krista J. Jass.

17.       A18-1439
            Eric D. Humphreys, et al., Respondents, Ann Humphreys Sellers, Respondent, vs. Janet
            Humphreys Krasner, Appellant.
            Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Gary J. Pagliaccetti.

18.       A18-1054
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Derek Donner, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mark Kappelhoff.

19.       A18-1927
            Mackenzie Carney, Relator, vs. Optum Services, Inc., Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

20.       A18-1362
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Khalil Malik Watson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Caroline H. Lennon.

21.       A18-1322
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Abdiqadar Salah Kasim, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kerry Meyer.

22.       A18-1118
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Damon Ray Garnett, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Martha A. Holton Dimick.

23.       A18-1405
            Bruce K. Rankila, Relator, vs. Fairview Health Services, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

24.       A18-1382
            Kelbro Company, Respondent, vs. River Fun LLC, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Mary E. Hannon.

25.       A18-1814
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. William Thomas Chevre, Jr., Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. George Stephenson.

26.       A18-1462
            Donna Delfino, Appellant, vs. Medtronic, Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. James A. Cunningham, Jr.

27.       A16-0774, A18-1846
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Troy Lewis, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded; motion denied as moot. Judge James
            B. Florey.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Elena L. Ostby and Hon. Jennifer Frisch.

28.       A18-0940
            Michael Opeoluwa Adebayo, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Elena L. Ostby.

29.       A18-2108
            Gabrielle Marie Geraci, Appellant, vs. Jack Cyril Maxwell, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. G. Tony Atwal.

30.       A18-1636
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Keenon Lamar Bowlds, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.

31.       A18-0958
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Marissa Rae Jones, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Kris Davick-Halfen.

32.       A18-1988
            Michael Norman Andersen, Appellant, vs. Robert James Buehler, et al., Respondents,
            Concord Township, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Dodge County District Court, Hon. Jodi L. Williamson.

33.       A18-1542
            Aaron Jude Schnagl, Appellant, vs. Elliot Tuccitto Bonngard, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.

34.       A18-1403
            In Regards to the Conditional Use Permit Application of Mark H. Bauman.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Wright County Planning Commission.
 
 
* 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
June 10, 2019



1.         A18-1066
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jordan Jeffrey Dahl, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Pennington County District Court, Hon. Tamara Lynn Yon.

2.         A18-1744
            In the Matter of: Gordon Siddorn.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

3.         A18-1859
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lorri Ellen Monster, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Matthew M. Quinn.

4.         A19-0127
            Freddie Louis Dillard, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Nicole J. Starr.

 

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