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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, February 8, 2016



A15-0279     State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rafael Alfonso Banks, Appellant.
                       Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Philip D. Bush.
           1.   Rule 30.02 of the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure, which permits the district court to dismiss a complaint if the prosecutor has unnecessarily delayed bringing the defendant to trial, applies to claims of pre-charge delay.
           2.   To warrant dismissal under rule 30.02 of the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure on a claim of unnecessary pre-charge delay, a defendant must demonstrate that he has suffered prejudice by the delay.      
           Affirmed.  Judge Margaret H. Chutich.


A15-0892
     Jennifer White, Relator, vs. University of Minnesota Physicians Corp.,
                      Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development,
                      Respondent.

                      Department of Employment and Economic Development.
           When the evidence in the record strongly suggests that an unrepresented applicant for unemployment benefits was suffering from depression when she was terminated for alleged employment misconduct, the unemployment-law judge has a duty to assist the applicant in developing the record regarding whether the alleged misconduct was a consequence of the applicant's mental illness or impairment.
           Reversed and remanded.  Judge Margaret H. Chutich.
 

Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, February 8, 2016

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



1.        A15-1042
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Patrick Alvin Gunnink, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
           Benton County District Court, Hon. Michael S. Jesse.

2.        A15-0472
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tuquan Lee Smith, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
           Mower County District Court, Hon. Kevin Siefken.

3.        A15-0673
           In re the Estate of:  Harold E. Farnes, a/k/a Harold Farnes and Harold Ellwood Farnes,
           Deceased.
           Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
           Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.

4.        A15-0276
           Janelle M. Schires, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Vernon D. Schires, Appellant.
           Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
           Roseau County District Court, Hon. Donna K. Dixon.

5.        A15-1025
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eugene Thomas Powells, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Carolina A. Lamas.

6.        A15-0759
           John Howard Bartz, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
           Winona County District Court, Hon. Robert Birnbaum and Hon. Terrence M. Walters.

7.        A15-0572
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gerald Ira Evans, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
           Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Judge Steven A. Anderson.

8.        A15-0828
           William D. Raffield, Appellant, Janice M. Raffield, Appellant, vs. Stephen K. Hursh, et
           al., Respondents, Wayne L. Knoll, et al., Respondents.
           Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr..
           Washington County District Court, Hon. Gary R. Schurrer.

9.        A14-1920
           Nathan Francis Gregor, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Dawn Marie Buttera Gregor,
           Appellant.
           Affirmed; motion granted.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
           Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Robert Birnbaum.

10.      A15-0996
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kari Lynn Swenstad, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
           Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Kurt D. Johnson.
 
11.      A15-0973
           In re the Marriage of:  Amy Christine Olmsted, f/k/a Amy Christine Zarbok, petitioner,
           Appellant, vs. William Scott Zarbok, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
           Washington County District Court, Hon. Richard C. Ilkka.

12.      A15-0737
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Frederick Alusine Huballa, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Lois R. Conroy.

13.      A15-0861
           Lawrence Charles Nichols, Appellant, vs. Erin Lynn Cimbura, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Margaret H. Chutich.
           Anoka County District Court, Hon. Tammi A. Fredrickson.

14.      A15-0794
           Heather Kirchner, Relator, vs. County of Nobles, Respondent.
           Remanded; motion denied.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
           Dissenting, Judge Kevin G. Ross.
           Nobles County Administration.

15.      A15-0756
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Terri Ann Demarrias, Defendant, Midwest Bonding,
           LLC, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Patrick C. Diamond.

16.      A15-0754
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Donalonte Jamar Wade, Defendant, Midwest
           Bonding, LLC, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Patrick C. Diamond.

17.      A15-0339
           Ir re the Marriage of:  Sandra Winer, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Edward L. Winer,
           Respondent.
           Affirmed in part, reversed in part.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Kevin S. Burke.

18.      A15-0250
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kenneth Edgar Staeheli, Appellant.
           Reversed and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
           Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.

19.      A15-1281
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Doua Chang, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joanne M. Smith.

20.      A15-0407
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joshua Bruce Monson, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
           Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Donald  M. Spilseth.

21.      A15-0101
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Reynaldo Morales, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
           Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Judge Christina Kilbo Stevens.

22.      A15-0803
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ronnie Jo Johnson, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Patrick C. Diamond.

23.      A15-0492
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Timothy Charles Dempze, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
           Washington County District Court, Hon. Ellen  L. Maas.

24.      A15-0348
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jodi Lynette Lacy, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
           Rice County District Court, Hon. John T. Cajacob.

 
 
* 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
February 8, 2016


1.        A15-1400
           In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Ming Sen Shiue.
           Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
           Anoka County District Court, Hon. Jenny Walker Jasper.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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