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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, August 14, 2017



A16-1241        Kathryn Ward Blum, et al., Appellants, and Thomas Ward, Co-Appellant, vs. Molly Thompson, et al., Respondents,
                         Richard Ward, Respondent, Kevin Ward, Respondent, Ward Family, Inc., Respondent.

                         Stearns County District Court, Hon. Frederick L. Grunke.
            1.   A plaintiff who establishes liability on a claim of breach of fiduciary duty may, in appropriate circumstances, obtain relief in the form of monetary damages.
            2.   A document that is not an agreement between or among shareholders may be relevant to the reasonable expectations of shareholders in a closely held corporation for purposes of Minnesota Statutes section 302A.751, subdivision 3a.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
 
 
A16-1421        In re the Marriage of:  Francis Stephen Gill, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Gretchen Zwakman Gill, Appellant.
                         Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Patrick D. Robben.
            When the marital interest in a business entity is sold and includes, as part of the sale price, a provision for “earn-out” payments based on future company performance, the earn-out payments are marital property, notwithstanding purchaser’s employment of one of the spouses under a separate employment agreement during the “earn-out” period.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.


A16-1482        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tommy James Edwards, Appellant.
                         
St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Sally L. Tarnowski.
            When determining whether a juvenile’s conviction following certification for adult prosecution in another state should properly be included in an offender’s Minnesota criminal history score, a district court does not violate an offender’s constitutional right to a sentencing jury trial when it compares the Minnesota statute with that of the certifying state to decide whether the juvenile would have been certified as an adult under Minnesota law.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
 
 
A17-0130        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Shawn Michael Provost, Appellant.
                         
Meeker County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Thompson.
            A sentence based on an incorrect criminal history score is an illegal sentence subject to correction under Minnesota Rule of Criminal Procedure 27.03, subdivision 9, even if the sentence would still be within the presumptive sentencing guidelines range when calculated with the correct criminal history score.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.

 
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, August 14, 2017

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



1.         A16-1552
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Brandyn Earley, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.

2.         A16-1481
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Blane Hughes, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Gary Pagliaccetti.

3.         A16-2027       
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Amy Lyn Heitman, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Renville County District Court, Hon. Randall Slieter.

4.         A17-0134
            In the Matter of: Loan Group I of the trusteeship created by Option One Mortgage
            Acceptance Corporation relating to the issuance of certificates by Option One Mortgage
            Loan Trust 2006-3 pursuant to a Pooling and Servicing Agreement dated as of October
            1,       2006.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter.

5.         A16-2013
            Steven Elliot Rousseau, Appellant, vs. St. Peter Regional Treatment Center, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Nicollet County District Court, Hon. Todd W. Westphal.

6.         A17-0008
            Brian Allen Barthel, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded; motion denied.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Mary Mahler.

7.         A16-1523
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jack Kramer Allen, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Wadena County District Court, Hon. Sally Robertson.
 
 8.         A16-1475
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Daniel A. Maldonado Zepeda, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Pamela G. Alexander.

9.         A16-1565
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jessten Gordon Grover, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Korey D. Wahwassuck.
 
10.       A17-0469
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Nathaniel Christopher Glass, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Nicole J. Starr.
 
11.       A16-0326
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ryan Jameson Ojibway, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Eric Hylden.
 
12.       A17-0398
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eddie Morris Miller, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Karen Janisch.

13.       A17-0137
            Loren J. Zutz, et al., Appellants, vs. John Nelson, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Marshall County District Court, Hon. Kurt J. Marben.

14.       A16-2016
            Kristi Jolly, Relator, vs. Handyhelp, LLC - Healing Home, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

15.       A16-1101
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Daryl Robert Lavan, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Mower County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey Kritzer.

16.       A17-0358
            Discover Bank, Respondent, vs. Marline Blake, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.

17.       A17-0122
            Leanne Starr, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.
 
18.       A17-0326
            County of Isanti, Respondent, vs. Keith Allen Kiefer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Amy R. Brosnahan.

19.       A16-1641
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Roger Leroy Cloud, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Pennington County District Court, Hon. Tamara Lynn Yon.

20.       A17-0076
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eric J. Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Caroline Lennon.
 
21.       A16-1968
            Laurie Ann McIntyre, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Rex D. Stacey.

22.       A16-1925
            State Farm Fire and Casualty Company as subrogee of Peter and Susan Fox, Respondent, 
            vs. Homewerks Worldwide, LLC, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Susan N. Burke.

23.       A16-1454
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Yusuf Odowa Ali, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Joseph A.  Bueltel.

24.       A16-1730
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Chad Alan Norberg, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Polk County District Court, Hon. Tamara Lyn Yon.
 
25.       A16-1676
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Thomas Russell, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

26.       A17-0553
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  D. W. E. T., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. James Dehn.

27.       A16-1380
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Justin Michael Lang, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            McLeod County District Court, Hon. Michael R. Savre and Hon. Michael Wentzell.

28.       A16-1287
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dion Lavell Abrams, Appellant.
            Affirmed; motion granted.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Ross L. Leuning.
 
* 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
August 14, 2017


 
1.         A17-0089
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. George Jerry Matlock, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Nicole J. Starr.

2.         A16-1808
            Clarinda Low, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Travis Russell Yorek, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Ivy S. Bernhardson.

3.         A16-1682
            Jeremy Bruce Cournoyer, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. John G. Melbye.

 

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