Court of Appeals Opinions



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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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In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on a business day other than Monday.  In these instances, involved parties will be contacted just prior to the special release.

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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, July 15, 2019



A19-0097        City of Baxter, Respondent, vs. City of Brainerd, et al., Appellants.
           
             Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Earl E. Maus.
            A statutory city lacks authority pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 216B.36, 222.37, subd. 1, 301B.01, or 412.321, subd. 3 (2018), to impose a revenue-raising franchise fee on a municipally-owned utility that began providing retail electric service to an area before the city incorporated.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, July 15, 2019

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



1.         A18-1451
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Timothy Lee Vredenburg, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Gail T. Kulick.

2.         A18-1450
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kyle Delane Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Earl E. Maus.

3.         A19-0259
            In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: I. E. K. and K. M. M., Sr., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Bridgid E. Dowdal.

4.         A18-2116
            Dominium Management Services LLC, Appellant, vs Seretha Lee, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

5.         A18-1496, A18-1644
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Don Juan Guthrie, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. David M. Johnson.
 
6.         A18-2123
            Johnathan Bernard Edwards, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher.

7.         A18-1773
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Adam John Berge, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Meeker County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Thompson.

8.         A18-1216
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gellis Lee Walton, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Martha A. Holton Dimick.

9.         A18-0520
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Nathaniel Jackson, Appellant..
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Gary W. Bastian.

10.       A18-1487
            Zahn Law Firm, PA, Respondent, vs. Ronald Baker, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. M. Jacqueline Regis.

11.       A18-1672
            Terrence Michael Zelenka, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Annie Valeria Anderson, f/k/a
            Anne Zelenka, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Apple Valley, Dakota County District Court, Hon. Arlene Perkkio.

12.       A18-1245
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Trezjaun Caprise Sims, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Margaret A. Daly.

13.       A18-2013
            Shawn Richard Burrington, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Walter Kaminsky.

14.       A18-1565
            Jenny Pierce, Relator, vs. Egan Company, Respondent, Department of Employment and
            Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

15.       A18-1970
            Katie Lynn Helsene, Petitioner, vs. Christopher Lee Helsene, Respondent, and Crow
            Wing County, intervenor, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Referee James P. Fossum.

16.       A18-1423
            David Rucki, et al., Respondents, vs. Deirdre Elise Evavold, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Philip T. Kanning.

17.       A18-2009
            Joshua John Leary, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Shawn M. Moynihan.

18.       A18-1479
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Johnson Bankole Oluwalowo, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Martha A. Holton Dimick.

19.       A18-1006
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Salahalldeen Avdil Hamad, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michelle W. Lawson.

20.       A18-2005
            Micheal Delanie Harris, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Pugh.

21.       A18-1442
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. John Henry Cone-Wade, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Karen Asphaug.
 
 
* 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
July 15, 2019



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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