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Court of Appeals Opinions



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Beginning no later than July 1, 2011, the appellate courts will send notices, orders, opinions, and correspondence related to pending cases to attorneys in those cases by e-mail rather than postal mail.  All attorneys with pending appellate cases who have not already registered an e-mail address should do so immediately.  Unrepresented parties with pending appellate cases may also participate in this e-notification system by registering an e-mail address.  Please visit the Clerk of Appellate Courts page for instructions on how to register your e-mail address.
 

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 Monday, July 6, 2020


A19-1514        Oscar Lee Adams, Appellant, vs. Jodi Harpstead, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services,
                         Respondent, Shelby Richardson, Defendant.
     
                         Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Richard H. Kyle, Jr.               
            To sustain a claim for emotional-distress damages under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA), Minn. Stat. §§ 13.01-.90 (2018), a plaintiff must produce evidence to establish that emotional harm has occurred under circumstances tending to guarantee its genuineness.                    
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
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 6, 2020

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


1.         A19-1610
            David Michael Kedrowski, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Olga Kedrowski, Respondent.
            Reversed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Dissenting.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Margaret A. Daly.
 
2.         A20-0161
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Gary Demetrius Bonds Jones, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Michelle Hatcher.
 
3.         A20-0030
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Allan Headbird, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. Charles D. Halverson.
 
4.         A19-1817
            Sharon L. Nelson, Appellant, vs. Comerica Bank & Trust, NA, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded; motion denied.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Kevin W. Eide.
 
5.         A19-1392
            Ronald Hagle, et al., Appellants, vs Erickson, Bell, Beckman & Quinn, P.A., et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Amy R. Brosnahan.
 
6.         A19-1821
            In Re: Guardianship of Anakin Joseph Hazelton.
            Affirmed; motion granted.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Winona County District Court, Hon. Nancy L. Buytendorp.
 
7.         A19-1697
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Andrew Wallace Matthews, Appellant.
            Dismissed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Susan Robiner.
 
8.         A19-1662
            CHS Capital LLC, f/k/a Cofina Financial LLC, Appellant, vs. Lena Farms Prtshp LLC,
            et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Lawrence F. Clark.

9.         A19-1426
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Isaiah Kendell Vonne McDaniel, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Pamela King.
 
10.       A19-1244
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ryan Thomas Shocinski, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Ann M. Offermann.
 
11.       A19-1213
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mowlid Abdi Ahmed, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Mark Edward Betters.
 
12.       A19-1718
            Landmark Community Bank, N.A., Respondent, vs. James L. Lang, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Pope County District Court, Hon. Melissa Listug.
 
13.       A19-1769
            David Tanner Eberhart, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michelle W. Lawson.
 
14.       A19-1737
            Rolanda Schmidt, et al., Appellants, vs. Kathy Roe, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. John C. Hoffman.
 
15.       A19-0869
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jose Patricio Rosendo Dominguez, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.
 
16.       A19-1837
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Allen James Vandekieft, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Nobles County District Court, Hon. Terry S. Vajgrt.
 
17.       A19-1549
            David Richard Kostuch, Appellant, vs. General Mills Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Leonardo Castro.
 
18.       A19-1638
            Ronald Hagle, et al., Appellants, vs. Safeguard Properties Management, LLC, Respondent, Perpetual Reg LLC, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Suzanne Bollman.
 
19.       A19-1390
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eric Anthony Hines, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.
 
20.       A20-0190
            In re Welfare of Child of C. M. D. and M. R. H., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Kevin A. Lund.
 
21.       A19-1551
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Timothy Lee Biby, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Caroline H. Lennon.
 
22.       A19-1185, A19-1186
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Charles Thomas Elverum, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Toddrick S. Barnette.
 
23.       A19-0990
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dustin Allen Vaughn, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.
 
24.       A19-1760
            Alexander Dewitt Tackett, et al., Appellants, vs. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC, Defendant, Pete & Sons, Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Leslie Beiers.
 
25.       A19-0997
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Andre Tiron Kelley, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Bethany A. Fountain Lindberg.
 
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* 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 6, 2020


1.         A19-1591
            Gary Lee Johnson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Fritz.
 
2.         A19-1790
            Benjamin Mario Soto, Appellant, vs. AFSCME Local 12181, Respondent, MN DHS,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Leonardo Castro.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, July 6, 2020

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