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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, November 20, 2017



A16-1489       State of Minnesota, Respondent, v. Christopher Lee Holloway, Appellant.
              
          Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.
            Minnesota Statutes sections 609.344, subdivision 1(b) (2014), and 609.345, subdivision 1(b) (2014), do not violate a criminal-sexual-conduct defendant's substantive due process or equal protection rights by limiting the mistake-of-age defense only to defendants who are less than 120 months older than their child-victims.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.


A17-0221
       Joel Jennissen, et al., Appellants, vs. City of Bloomington, Respondent.
           
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel C. Moreno.
            Section 115A.94 of the Minnesota Waste Management Act (MWMA), Minn. Stat. §§ 115A.01-.99 (2016), mandating a municipality's adherence to a specific process when establishing a system of organized collection of solid waste, preempts a proposed city charter amendment to require voter approval before a municipality establishes organized collection of solid waste.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.


A17-0232
       Juan Antonio Luna-Pliego, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
           
           Dakota County District Court, Hon. M. Michael Baxter.
            Appellant is not entitled to resentencing under the sentencing guidelines that were modified pursuant to section 18 of the Drug Sentencing Reform Act, 2016 Minn. Laws ch. 160, because he was sentenced more than 11 months before May 23, 2016, the effective date of section 18, and did not pursue a direct appeal.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.


A17-0584
       Scott Trebelhorn, d/b/a Trebelhorn & Associates, Appellant, vs. Abhishek Agrawal, Respondent, RTS Financial Group,
                       LLC, Respondent.
           
           Sibley County District Court, Hon. Judge Timothy J. Looby.
            The four-year statute of limitations in Article II of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) applies to claims arising from a sale-of-goods transaction styled as a suit on an account stated.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.

 
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, November 20, 2017

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



1.         A16-1711
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Charles Steven Turman, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Joseph A. Evans.

2.         A16-2070
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Cassie Ann Garza, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.

3.         A16-2024
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Bryce Martin, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Lake County District Court, Hon. Sally Tarnowski.

4.         A16-1858
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Elton James Curtis, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. Judge Janna M. Austad.

5.         A17-0086
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Curtis Michael Gould, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Judge Patrick R Rohland.

6.         A17-0295
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mykhailo Starodubtsev, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Timothy T. Mulrooney.

7.         A17-0586
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jose Fernando Vargas, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Lincoln County District Court, Hon. Michelle A. Dietrich.

8.         A17-0229
            Curtis Trude, et al., Appellants, vs. Glenwood State Bank, defendant, counterclaimant,
            and third party plaintiff, Respondent, vs. Peterson Earth Movers, Inc., et al., Third Party
            Defendants, Golden West, LLC, third party defendant, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Meeker County District Court, Hon. Judge Stephanie L. Beckman.

9.         A17-0116
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Victor Arden Barnard, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded; motion denied.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Pine County District Court, Hon. Judge P. Hunter Anderson.

10.       A17-0062
            In re the Marriage of:  Michele Lura Honderich-Flannery, petitioner, Respondent, vs.
            Christopher John Flannery, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Kristin Siegesmund.

11.       A17-0607
            Midland Funding, LLC, as successor in interest to FIA Card Services, N.A., Respondent,
            vs. David Coyne, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Robyn A. Millenacker.

12.       A17-0367
            EverStar, LLC, Appellant, vs. Aitkin County Board of Commissioners, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Aitkin County District Court, Hon. Richard A. Zimmerman.

13.       A15-1188
            Nereus Montemayor, Appellant, vs. Sebright Products, Inc., d/b/a Bright Technologies,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Dodge County District Court, Hon. Judge Jodi L. Williamson.

14.       A17-0416
            Michael Scott Torfin, petitioner, Appellant, vs.  Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Kevin W. Eide.

15.       A17-0797
            Hassan Mohamed Abdillahi, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Mel I. Dickstein.

16.       A17-0285
            Donquarius Davon Copeland, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.

17.       A17-0651
            In the Matter of the Welfare of: N. J. S., Child.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.

18.       A17-0069
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Andre Byrd, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Judge Theresa Neo.

19.       A16-1803, A16-1804
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Karyl Antone Ingalls, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Debra A. Jacobson.
 
20.       A16-1975
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. James Franklin Patten, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya Mozell Bransford.

21.       A17-0385
            Linda King, Appellant, vs. 2003 Silverado 1500, VIN *****6662, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Tim D. Wermager.

22.       A17-0376
            Garlyn, Inc., d/b/a Polzin Glass, Inc. as assignee of Wehling, et al., Respondents, vs.
            American Family Mutual Insurance Company, et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Michael K. Browne.

23.       A16-1915
            In re the Marriage of:  Patricia Rose Whipps, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Richard Cordell
            Whipps, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Alan Pendleton and Hon. Sharon L. Hall.

 
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
November 20, 2017



1.         A17-0606
            Hana Lor, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Geu Vang, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Martha A. Holton Dimick.

2.         A17-0467
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Theresa Angela DiMaggio, Appellant
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Jay D. Carlson.

3.         A17-0100
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Allison Mae Ripka, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.
            Pine County District Court, Hon. Krista K. Martin.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, November 20, 2017

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