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.

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.

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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, June 11, 2018



A17-1915       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joel Evan Greenough, Appellant.
           
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Kristine R. DeMay.
            A district court may not vacate a stay of adjudication, impose a presumptively stayed sentence, and execute that sentence, without additional findings satisfying Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296, 124 S. Ct. 2531 (2004).
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.


A18-0193
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Donald Andrew Oreskovich, Sr., Appellant.
              
          Washington County District Court, Hon. John R. McBride.
            Under the 2012 revisions of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines, one custody-status point is added to a sex offender's criminal-history score for a prior sex offense when the offender is no longer on probation but is still within the original term of probation for a sex offense other than Failure to Register as a Predatory Offender.
            Reversed and Remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.

 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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, June 11, 2018

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



1.         A17-1300
            In the Matter of the Application of Otter Tail Power Company for Authority to Increase
            Rates for Electric Service in Minnesota.
            Reversed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

2.         A17-1748
            State of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Corrections, employer, Relator, vs. Steven
            Hammer, Respondent, Bureau of Mediation Services, Respondent.
            Reversed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Bureau of Mediation Services.

3.         A17-1762
            In the Matter of the Estate of:  Martha R. Houle DeHaven, a/k/a Martha R. Zuettel, a/k/a
            Martha R. Tomczak, a/k/a Martha R. Houle, Decedent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Barry A. Sullivan.

4.         A17-1789
            Paul Joseph Welle, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Mark A. Munger.

5.         A17-1636
            J.C. Allen Co., Inc., Appellant, vs. Wisconsin Central Ltd., an Illinois company,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Dale O. Harris.

6.         A17-1610
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gary Lee Appel, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Lincoln County District Court, Hon. Leland Bush.

7.         A17-1546
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dominique Lamar Breham, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Bradley C. Walker.

8.         A17-1276
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Trenton John Horn, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Gary J. Pagliaccetti.

9.         A18-0112
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Kevin Alexander Johnson, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Cynthia McCollum.

10.       A17-2024
            Dean Murray, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Casondra Schaffer, et al., Appellants.
            Reversed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Douglas Bayley.

11.       A17-1213
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Cody James Wutzke, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Jay D. Carlson.

12.       A17-1647
            Manor Warehouse & Delivery, Inc., Appellant, vs. Tracy Gratton, et al., defendants and
            third party plaintiffs, Respondents, vs. Gail Bendt, third party defendant, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Susan Robiner.

13.       A17-1555
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Andrew Jon Selzler, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Paul Benshoof.

14.       A17-1252
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Angel Obidio Calix, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Concurring specially, Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Todd County District Court, Hon. Douglas P. Anderson.

15.       A17-1765
            In re: the Trust Agreement of Eugene L. Johnson u/t/a dated December 22, 2008.
            In re: the Eugene L. Johnson Irrevocable Trust B.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.

16.       A17-1005
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joshua Scott Sundblad, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Christian S. Wilton.

17.       A17-1866
            Hodan Dirie, Relator, vs. Metropolitan Housing and Redevelopment Authority,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Metropolitan Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

18.       A17-1545
            In the Matter of the Appeal of the Denial of Renewal of Therapeutic Massage License
            Numbers EMT-13217 and TM15-13217.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            City of Burnsville.

19.       A17-0945
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert John Lund, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Sally Tarnowski.

20.       A17-0843
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Twin Cities Care Services, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Hilary L. Caligiuri.

21.       A17-1814
            Nancy Bach, Respondent, vs. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Karen A. Janisch.

22.       A17-1288
            Diane Phyllis Krekelberg, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Mower County District Court, Hon. Kevin Siefken.

23.       A17-1531
            Latonia Rolbiecki, Relator, vs. Regions Hospital, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

24.       A17-1064
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  C. C. S., Child.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. David L. Piper.

 
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
June 11, 2018



1.         A17-1361
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Sylvia Mary Lee, Appellant.
            Dismissed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Karen R Duncan.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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