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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, December 11, 2017



A17-0281       McCullough and Sons, Inc., Appellant, vs. City of Vadnais Heights, Respondent.
                       Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.
            When Minn. Stat. § 429.081 (2016) is read in conjunction with Minn. Stat. § 429.061 (2016), the unambiguous statutory language provides that a property owner who, without reasonable cause, fails to sign a written objection to an assessment and to either (1) file the objection with the municipal clerk prior to the assessment hearing or (2) present the objection to the presiding officer at the assessment hearing, is precluded from appealing the assessment to the district court.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.


A17-0427
       In the Matter of the Appointment of Trustee for the Next of Kin of Kim Marie Caswell (Decedent).
           
           Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.
            When a valid contract exists between a client and an attorney and the attorney completes the work under the terms of the contract and achieves a settlement or recovery, the attorney is entitled to fees under the terms of the contract and does not release his attorney lien under Minn. Stat. § 481.13, subd. 1 (2016), by returning the settlement check to the insurance company pending resolution of a fee dispute.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.


A17-0631
       Depositors Insurance Company, Appellant, vs. Craig Dollansky, Respondent, Julie Dollansky, Defendant.
                       Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Mary A. Yunker.
            Minnesota Statutes section 60A.41(a) (2016), prohibits an insurer from subrogating against its own insured for the same loss even when the insured is not a named insured in the policy.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.

 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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, December 11, 2017

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


 
1.         A17-0724
            Wilson Nduri Tindi, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Juan Hoyos.

2.         A17-1194
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  S. R. K. and O. A. K., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Concurring specially, Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michelle W. Lawson.

3.         A17-0031
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joveda Marie Edwards, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Lawrence R. Johnson.

4.         A17-1077
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: H. N. N., and T. D. J. P., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Judge Jodi L. Williamson.

5.         A17-0774
            The Tap House Restaurant Group, LLC, Appellant, vs. Cassidy Turley Commercial
            Real Estate Services, Inc., d/b/a Cushman & Wakefield, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nancy Brasel.
 
6.         A17-0342
            Amecio Navro Enge, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Gina M. Brandt.

7.         A17-0004, A17-0708
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jerrmaine Winston Knowles, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judith  M. Tilsen.
 
8.         A16-2040
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Morgan Leslie Pavey, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Judge Suzanne Bollman.

9.         A17-0135
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Scott Wayne Srnsky, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Pennington County District Court, Hon. Kurt  J. Marben.

10.       A17-0291
            Ann R. Majerus, Relator, vs. Spartannash Associates, LLC, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development

11.       A17-0307, A17-0323
            Ambassador Press, Inc., et al., Appellants (A17-0307), vs. Trifac Workers' Compensation
            Fund, et al., Appellants (A17-0323), vs. Workers' Compensation Reinsurance
            Association, Respondent, Michael Rothman, in his capacity as Commissioner of the
             Department of Commerce, et al., Respondents (A17-0323).
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.
 
12.       A17-0095
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Thomas Kendricks, III, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Kurt D. Johnson.
 
13.       A16-2039
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Amanda Kay Schrupp, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Benton County District Court, Hon. Judge Robert Raupp.

14.       A17-0522
            Robin Anderson, Relator, vs. Hazelden Foundation, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

15.       A17-0410
            LaFayette Temple, Appellant, vs. Metropolitan Council, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bruce A. Peterson.

16.       A17-0133
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Damon Michael Dimartino, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. John R. McBride.

17.       A17-0072
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Arnold Dettmann, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Pine County District Court, Hon. James T. Reuter.

18.       A16-2047
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Darryl Don Freeberg, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Stearns County District Court,  Hon. William J. Cashman.

19.       A17-0396
            Nutripro Feeds, Appellant, vs. Stages Pork, LLC, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Nobles County District Court, Hon. Gordon L. Moore, III.

20.       A17-0686
            Cornelius Williams, Relator, vs. Department of Employment and Economic
            Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

21.       A17-0417
            Barclays Bank Delaware, Respondent, vs. Abdulkarim Dahir, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Judge Todd R. Schoffelman.

22.       A17-0351
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Saul Lopez, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            McLeod County District Court, Hon. Michael R. Savre.

23.       A16-1887
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Chakotay Bobbie Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Dissenting,  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Sally Tarnowski.

24.       A17-0881
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: S. J. Z. M and S. M. M., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michelle W. Lawson.

25.       A17-0029
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tymaine Lee Muckle, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Traverse County District Court, Hon. Charles Crawford Glasrud.

26.       A16-1952
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Phillip Jones, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Fred Karasov.

27.       A17-0271
            FR Holding, LLC, Respondent, vs. BA Halper, LLC, et al., defendants and third party
            plaintiffs, Appellants, vs. FactRight, LLC, et al., third party defendants, Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nancy Brasel.

28.       A17-0185
            In re the Marriage of:  Kathleen Ann Gronvall, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Kalmar Gene Gronvall, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Judge Douglas Bayley.
 
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
December 11, 2017


1.         A16-1473
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Darrol Allen Shepersky, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hubbard County District Court, Hon. Paul Rasmussen.

2.         A17-0921
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. T. K. S., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Ivy S. Bernhardson.

3.         A17-0186
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Branden Lee Robert Hauger, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Douglas County District Court, Hon. Ann L. Carrott.

4.         A17-0393
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Emilio Ozornia, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. David L. Mennis.

 

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