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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, December 5, 2016



A15-2072       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gregory Allen Olson, Appellant.                                             
                        St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Judge Mark M. Starr.
            Statements expressing the mere hope that another person will be subject to a crime of violence, unaccompanied by additional statements or conduct demonstrating that future crimes of violence could follow, do not constitute threats for purposes of establishing the crime of terroristic threats.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.


A15-1984
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Shane Lee Olson, Appellant.
                        Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Sheridan Hawley.
            A police officer's controlled testing of a handheld laser speed-measuring device to establish that it is accurately measuring distance to a stationary object satisfies the foundational external-test requirement of Minnesota Statutes section 169.14, subdivision 10(a) (2014), allowing the district court to admit into evidence the officer's testimony of the device's speed readings.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.


A16-0363
       In the Matter of Hibbing Taconite Mine and Stockpile Progression and Williams Creek Project Specific Wetland Mitigation.
           
            Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
            The authority of the commissioner of natural resources, under Minnesota Statutes section 103G.222 (2014), to approve wetlands replacement for activities requiring a permit to mine does not include the authority to approve the reservation of wetland credits for future use by a permit-to-mine applicant without deposit into the state wetlands bank.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.


A16-0249        Stephanie Rush, et al., Appellants (A16-0249), vs. The Westwood Village Partnership, et al., Respondents (A16-0249),
A16-0250        and Jerry Plummer, et al., Appellants (A16-0250), vs. Riverside Apartments of St. Cloud Limited Partnership, et al.,
                         Respondents (A16-0250).
           
             Benton County District Court, Hon. Michael S. Jesse.
             Minnesota Statutes section 504B.161, subdivision 1(a)(2) (2014), imposing a covenant of reasonable repair upon the landlord of residential premises, does not extend to a tenant's personal property.  Minnesota Statutes section 504B.161, subdivision 1(a)(1) (2014), recognizing the covenant to ensure that a residential premises is fit for its intended use, does not impose a duty on a landlord to employ a tenant's chosen method of pest eradication.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.


A15-1645       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Donald Joseph Hall, Jr., Appellant.
                       
Lac Qui Parle County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Van Hon.
            Minnesota Statutes section 609.749, subdivision 2(4) (2014), which defines stalking to include repeatedly making telephone calls, is not unconstitutionally overbroad on its face or as applied in violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.

 
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, December 5, 2016

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



1.         A16-0573
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jerry Lee Collins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Polk County District Court, Hon. Kurt  J. Marben.

2.         A16-1103
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: C. L. C., D. L. F., III, D. E. L., Jr.,
            Parents.
            Reversed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Wabasha County District Court, Hon. Terrence M. Walters.

3.         A15-1665
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mary Marie Garner, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.

4.         A16-0782
            Kie Vang, Respondent, vs. Joshua Paul Forsman, Defendant, Ely Chamber of Commerce,
            Defendant, City of Ely, Appellant, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of
            Trustees, Defendant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. James B. Florey.

5.         A16-0534
            Marcus Allen Brown, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Ann Leslie Alton.

6.         A16-0462
            Joel Marvin Munt, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Michelle Smith, Warden, MCF-OPH,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.

7.         A16-0387
            In the Matter of:  Ashley Danielle Martin, individually and o/b/o M. M. F. and M. B. F.,
            petitioner, Respondent, vs. Kent Michael Freundl, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Kurt D. Johnson.

8.         A16-0235
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeffrey Blake Palmer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Frederick L. Grunke.

9.         A16-0493
            Dawn Campbell, Relator, vs. MVP Realty Advisors, LLC, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

10.       A16-0358
            Raymond Scott Henry, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Benton County District Court, Hon. Judge Robert Raupp.

11.       A15-1478
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ely Ovis Emmanuel Ana El Sabahot, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Judge Earl E. Maus.

12.       A16-0335
            Water in Motion, Inc., et al., Petitioners, vs. Minnesota Department of Labor and
            Industry, Respondent, Minnesota Plumbing Board, Respondent.
            Rules declared valid.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

13.       A16-0615
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Gary Zurek, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Susan Robiner.

14.       A16-0607
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Braden Jay Olson, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. James B. Florey.

15.       A15-1502
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dennis Lowell Halverson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Diane B. Bratvold.

16.       A16-0610
            Keith Charles Lexvold, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Thomas William Bibus.

17.       A16-0045
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tracee Chung, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Nicole A. Engisch.

18.       A16-0996
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: D. C., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Edward Wilson.

19.       A15-1953
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joseph Gordon Ranniger, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Waseca County District Court, Hon. Larry M. Collins.

20.       A16-0290
            Hugh Herman Hansen, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Reversed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Faribault County District Court, Hon. Robert D. Walker.

21.       A16-0114
            In re the Marriage of:  Beth Ostergaard Stillwell, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Harry Alan
            Stillwell, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathleen D Sheehy.

22.       A15-1853
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jose Amador Molina, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michelle W. Lawson.

23.       A16-0890
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Scott Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Sharon L. Hall.

24.       A16-0176
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kevin Charles Owens, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Judge Rex D. Stacey.

25.       A16-0002
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Johnnie Robert Capers, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judith  M. Tilsen.

26.       A15-1896
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Abel Gonyamonquah Miamen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Elena L. Ostby.

27.       A16-0664
            Peter Richard Rickmyer, Appellant, vs. G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. James H. Clark, Jr.

28.       A15-2028
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lawrence Lee Hicks, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Hilary L. Caligiuri.

29.       A15-1924
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Ray Maeyaert, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Judge Patrick R Rohland.

30.       A15-1732
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Cass Howard Ellingboe, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Yellow Medicine County District Court, Hon. Dwayne Knutsen.

31.       A15-2014
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Euric Ards, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Diane R. Alshouse.

32.       A16-0266
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joseph Tyler Briseno, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy  M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

33.       A16-0940
            Enamidem Celestine Okon, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Stephen L. Muehlberg.*
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Kris Davick-Halfen.
 

 
* Retired judge of the district court, serving as judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals 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
December 5, 2016



1.         A16-1102
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ashimiyu Gbolahan Alowonle, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

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