Court of Appeals Opinions



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Opinion Policies

Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday.

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will mail a notice that informs counsel, pro se parties, and court personnel associated with a case that an opinion will be released the following Monday.  Opinions are available online or by visiting the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, after the Monday release time.  Copies of the opinions are mailed to involved parties on Mondays.

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.

Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously released Court of Appeals Opinions.

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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 Tuesday, November 13, 2018



NO PUBLISHED OPINIONS FILED
 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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 Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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



1.         A17-1709
            In re the Marriage of:  Jessica Stinchfield Giebenhain, petitioner, Respondent, vs.
            Michael Edwin Giebenhain, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathleen D. Sheehy.

2.         A18-0308
            Raymond Ernest DeGroat, Sr., petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota,
            Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Lois J. Lang.

3.         A17-1879
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Wayne Powell, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Patrick R Rohland.

4.         A18-0311, A18-0312, A18-0313
            City of Golden Valley, State of Minnesota, Appellant (A18-0311), Metropolitan Airports
            Commission, State of Minnesota, Appellants (A18-0312), City of Richfield, State of
            Minnesota, Appellant (A18-0313), vs. J. L. H., Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Charlene Hatcher.

5.         A18-0460
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Susan Marie Erickson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Renville County District Court, Hon. Randall J. Slieter.

6.         A18-0340
            In the Matter of the Trust Created by Eileen Carlson Kasell, dated September 10, 2013,
            as amended.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter.

7.         A18-0134
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Joseph Madrigal, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Lisa K. Janzen.

8.         A18-1038, A18-1041
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: A. R. H., R. W. G., and M. L. R., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Robert G. Rancourt.

9.         A18-1032
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: M. A. G. and S. C. G., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Robert G. Rancourt.

10.       A18-0542
            Debra L. Cich, et al., petitioners, Appellants, vs. Bay Lake Township, Respondent, L&M
            Holdings Co., LLP, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Kristine R. DeMay.

11.       A17-2048
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jefferey Mariner, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Lyon County District Court, Hon. Michelle A. Dietrich.

12.       A18-0681
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  D. V.-L., Child.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. David L. Piper.

13.       A18-0039
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Paul Valentine Jaros, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Sharon G. Benson.

14.       A18-0662
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  Q. S. M. and T. R. S., Parents.
            Reversed and Remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Concurring specially, Judge Kevin G. Ross
            Concurring specially, Judge Matthew E. Johnson
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Judge Christina Kilbo Stevens.

15.       A17-1775
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Stephanie Rae Holdingeagle, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            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
November 13, 2018



1.         A18-0053
            Corey Gordon, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

Opinion SetsOpinion sets contain all published, unpublished, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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