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.

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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, April 23, 2018



A17-1182       Adam Bandemer, Respondent, vs. Ford Motor Company, Appellant, Eric Hanson, et al., Defendants.
           
            Todd County District Court, Hon. Douglas P. Anderson.
            Minnesota's five-factor test to determine whether Minnesota has specific personal jurisdiction over a nonresident is consistent with the principle reiterated by the United States Supreme Court in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Super. Ct., 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017), that there must be a connection between the forum and the specific claim at issue.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.

 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, April 23, 2018

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



1.         A17-0974
            Krenske Construction, Inc., Respondent, vs. Donald Draper, Appellant, Angela Draper,
            Appellant, AgStar Financial Services, FLCA, Defendant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Rice County District Court, Hon. Joseph A. Bueltel.

2.         A17-0904
            In the Matter of the Improper Inclusion of Certain Water Courses within Public
            Waters Inventory Maps for 71 Counties.
            Appeal dismissed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

3.         A17-1649, A17-1650, A17-1651, A17-1652
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Annette Marie Klapstein, Respondent (A17-1649),
            Emily Nesbitt Johnston, Respondent (A17-1650), Steven Robert Liptay, Respondent
            (A17-1651), Benjamin Gary Joldersma, Respondent (A17-1652).
            Appeal dismissed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Dissenting, Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Clearwater County District Court, Hon. Robert Donald Tiffany.
 
4.         A17-1591
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Lianying Taylor.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. David C. Higgs.

5.         A17-1164
            Yolanda Majors, Appellant, vs. Regents of the University of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mel I. Dickstein.

6.         A17-0697
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert Phillip Ivers, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Robert Awsumb.

7.         A17-1234
            Timothy Aadland, et al., Respondents, vs. Joseph Ranweiler, et al., Defendants, B-Dirt,
            LLC, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Richard A. Zimmerman.

8.         A17-1199
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Matthew Keely Hartley, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Christian S. Wilton.

9.         A17-1441
            Donald Sealock, Appellant, vs. John A. Robeck, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth Strand.

10.       A17-1326
            Glenda Brush, Relator, vs. Holiday Stationstores, Inc., Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

11.       A17-1221
            Bridge Investments, LLC, Respondent, vs. Lowry Ridge Townhomes Association, LLP,
            Appellant, Richard W. Stanek, in his official capacity as Sheriff of Hennepin County, et
            al., Defendants.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Michael K. Browne.

12.       A17-0833
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Allen Haukoos, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Freeborn County District Court, Hon. Ross L. Leuning.

13.       A17-1223
            Paul Thomas Hesse, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Toni Renee Wingrove, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Steven A. Anderson.

14.       A17-1141
            In re the Guardianship of Daniel J. Carlson.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Pope County District Court, Hon. Rodney Hanson.

15.       A17-0983
            Heather Jones, Appellant, vs. Hennepin County, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. M. Jacqueline Regis.

16.       A17-0925
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Alec Martii Soderbloom, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judith  M. Tilsen.

17.       A17-0917
            In re the Marriage of:  Sandra Kay Vogt, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Gary Dennis Vogt,
            Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Kris Davick-Halfen.

18.       A17-0743
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lia Pearson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Leonardo Castro.

19.       A17-0547
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Merlin John Sherer, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Cook County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Cuzzo.
 
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
April 23, 2018



1.         A17-1801
            Cole Anderson, Relator, vs. Life's Companion PCA, Inc., Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Reversed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

2.         A17-1670
            Mark Fitzgerald Goldsberry, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Jessica Kaye
            Goldsberry, Appellant.
            Remanded.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Martin County District Court, Hon. Darci Bentz.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, April 23, 2018

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