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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, February 11, 2019



A18-0413       Paige Anderson, et al., Appellants, State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services, Plaintiff Intervenor, vs. Independent
                        School District 696, et al., 
Respondents, Hailey Salo, Respondent.
                        Itasca County District Court, Hon. Lois J. Lang.
            Minnesota Statutes, section 546.24 (2018), does not compel the district court to receive as final a civil jury’s inconsistent verdict or prevent the district court from sending the jury out to deliberate further under section 546.16 to remedy the inconsistency, even if the district court has read the verdict aloud and received the jury’s affirmation that it is their verdict.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
 
 
A18-0845       John Schulz, et al., Appellants, vs. Town of Duluth, Respondent, Charles Bille, et al., Respondents.
                       St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Judge Jill Eichenwald.
            Rule 19 of the rules of civil procedure applies to an action under Minnesota Statutes section 462.361, subdivision 1 (2018), for judicial review of a township’s decision on an application for a zoning variance.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
 
           
A18-0154       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Adam Ryan Lagred, Appellant.
                        Renville County District Court, Hon. Randall J. Slieter.
            The alternatives in Minnesota’s first-degree aggravated-robbery statute, Minn. Stat. § 609.245, subd. 1 (2016), are means of committing the offense, and those alternatives are consistent with the fundamental fairness required by due process.  A jury therefore need not unanimously agree regarding which of those means was used to commit a first-degree aggravated robbery.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
 
 
A18-0335       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Michael Stay, Appellant.
                        Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Sarah E. Hennesy.
            Under Minn. Stat. § 609.20(2) (2014), a first-degree manslaughter conviction, predicated on an underlying fifth-degree assault, does not require proof that the defendant also acted “with such force and violence that death of or great bodily harm to any person was reasonably foreseeable.”
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
 
 
 A18-1255      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: K. L. W., Parent.
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Hilary L. Caligiuri.
            Under the egregious-harm statute, Minn. Stat. § 260C.301, subd. 1(b)(6) (2018), “a child” is “in the parent’s care” when he or she is under the supervision, charge, or watchful oversight of the person subject to the termination proceeding.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
 
 
A17-2011       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jesse Lawrence Nicholas, Appellant. 
                        Traverse County District Court, Hon. Charles Crawford Glasrud.
            I.   Once a valid guilty plea has been “put formally before the court” by a defendant, it has been “entered,” and the defendant does not have an absolute right to withdraw it.  
            II.   The act of scheduling a hearing on an ex parte order for protection (OFP) outside of the statutorily permissible time frame does not automatically cause the OFP to expire; rather, an ex parte OFP expires once the statutorily prescribed time frame runs without a hearing.
            Affirmed.  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, February 11, 2019

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



1.         A18-0244
            Mamawa Kaisamba, et al., petitioners, Respondents, vs. Alpha Lalugba Kaisamba-
            Kanneh, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Tim D. Wermager.

2.         A18-1428
            In re Welfare of Child of: C. F. and J. B., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Peter A. Cahill.

3.         A18-0625
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jesus Manuel Balvoa, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Gary W. Bastian.

4.         A18-0530
            State, Respondent, vs. James Bailey, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Wabasha County District Court, Hon. Nancy L. Buytendorp.

5.         A18-1110
            Teresa Thompson, Appellant, vs. Les Riess, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Leslie Beiers.

6.         A18-0801
            Chad Harold Dyrdahl, petitioner, Respondent vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Clearwater County District Court, Hon. Robert Donald Tiffany.

7.         A18-0906
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Harley Harlen Bishop, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. David E. Ackerson.

8.         A18-0390, A18-0391
            Paul Roberts, Appellant, vs. HydraMetrics, LLC, Respondent, Rollin Thornton, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Todd R. Schoffelman.
 
9.         A17-1878
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jordan Eugene Berg, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Paul Scoggin.

10.       A18-1303
            In the Matter of the Children of: B. M. T., N. B. T., and C. V. G., Jr., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Catherine McPherson.

11.       A18-0895
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Allen Chapel, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Kanabec County District Court, Hon. Stoney L. Hiljus.

12.       A18-0727
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eddy Robert Oman, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Dale O. Harris.

13.       A18-1060
            Rodney Wayne Kesanen, Appellant, vs. Dawn Strope-Robinson, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Gary J. Pagliaccetti.

14.       A18-0534
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Earley Romero Blevins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Suzanne Bollman.

15.       A18-0341
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kevin Lamarr Ousley, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Sheridan Hawley.

16.       A18-1135
            Ellen Kalahar-Grissom, Respondent, vs. Marvin W. Stroschein, et al., Appellants.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Morrison County District Court, Hon. Leonard A. Weiler.

17.       A18-0225
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Billy Joe Huber, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michelle W. Lawson.

18.       A18-1661
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of : A. G. K. and J. I., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Sharon G. Benson.
 
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 11, 2019



1.         A18-0673, A18-0674
            Karyn Huemoeller, petitioner, Respondent (A18-0673), vs. Lynn Bauer, Appellant
            (A18-0673), and Juan Vargas, petitioner, Respondent (A18-0674) vs. Roy Bauer,
            Appellant (A18-0674).
            Other.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth Clysdale.
 
2.         A18-1508
            Desean Lamont Thomas, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Arlene Perkkio.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, February 11, 2019

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