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.

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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, February 12, 2018



A17-0943       In re the Estate of: Duane Francis Strub, Deceased.
A17-0981       Houston County District Court, Hon. Judge Carmaine Sturino
            A district court has subject-matter jurisdiction to remove a personal representative in an informal probate proceeding under Minn. Stat. § 524.3-301 (2016).
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.


A16-0660
       K & R Landholdings, LLC, d/b/a High Banks Resort, Appellant, vs. Auto-Owners Insurance, Respondent.
                        Itasca County District Court, Hon. Lois  J. Lang.
            I.   Commercial policy insureds are entitled to preaward interest on appraisal awards, "except as otherwise provided by contract or allowed by law" under Minn. Stat. § 549.09, subd. 1(b) (2016).
            II.   Preaward interest on appraisal awards involving commercial insurance policies is not "otherwise . . . allowed by law" under Minn. Stat. §§ 60A.0811, 334.01 (2016), within the meaning of Minn. Stat. § 549.09, subd. 1(b).
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.


A17-0349
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Abdullahi Abdiqadir Noor, Appellant.                         
                        Steele County District Court, Hon. Joseph A. Bueltel.
            The admission of a Certificate of Order Sent, a document attesting to the accuracy of public records and their mailing date, does not violate a criminal defendant's Sixth Amendment right to confrontation when the underlying records are nontestimonial.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.


A17-0998
       Kurt A. Maethner, Appellant, vs. Someplace Safe, Inc., Respondent, Jacquelyn Jorud, f/k/a Jacquelyn Hanson
                        Maethner, Respondent.
           
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Frank J. Kundrat.
            Allegedly defamatory statements about criminal conduct by the plaintiff that were made by an award recipient at a fundraising banquet and also in an article published by the sponsor organization for fundraising purposes were not protected by a qualified privilege.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.


A17-1040
       In the Appeal of: SH RG For: Northstar Adoption Assistance.
           
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bridget Sullivan.
            The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act, 42 U.S.C. § 673 (2012), does not preempt a state law that excludes a child subject to direct-placement adoption from receiving adoption assistance, as provided in Minn. Stat. § 256N.23, subd. 6(3) (2016).
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
 
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, February 12, 2018

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


 
1.         A17-0929
            Justin Robert Price, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Jay D. Carlson.

2.         A17-0581
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tyler Manfred Lukat, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Thomas Gilligan, Jr.

3.         A17-0605
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lawrence Fredrick Pope, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.

4.         A17-1329
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  John Gerald Mathias.
            Reversed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Wabasha County District Court, Hon. Nancy L. Buytendorp.

5.         A16-0513
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Galen Dale Littlewind, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Kevin G. Ross
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Steven J. Cahill.

6.         A17-1061
            Granville Butler, Relator, vs. Primeflight Aviation Services, Inc., Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

7.         A17-0573
            In re:  Sidney A. Goodman Revocable Trust, U/A/D December 16, 1985 as Amended.
            Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter.

8.         A17-0223
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Paul Peterson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Christian  M Sande.

9.         A17-0596
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Hector Rufino Vergara-Sanchez, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Fred Karasov.

10.       A17-0287
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Antonio Francis Bragg, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Christian  M Sande.

11.       A17-1485
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: L. M. O., S. W., II, and M. N. O., Sr.,
            Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Judge Barry A. Sullivan.

12.       A17-1183
            Eric John Henderson-Bey, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Joseph T. Carter.

13.       A17-0662
            Jason Edward Banks, petitioner, Respondent, vs. State of Minnesota, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Nancy J. Logering.

14.       A17-0731
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kevon Dante Vaughn, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judith  M. Tilsen.

15.       A17-0623
            Antonio Xavier Daniels, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Gina M. Brandt.

16.       A17-1251
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: C. P. T. and S. B. I. T., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Eric J. Askegaard.

17.       A17-0411
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Walter Marquetta Humphrey, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.

18.       A17-0954
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Phillip Andrew Jones, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

19.       A17-1107
            In re the Marriage of:  Thomas Gordon Burnett, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Daniela
            Estefania Burnett Torres Parra, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Wabasha County District Court, Hon. Terrence M. Walters.

20.       A17-1472
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: S. S. and S. W., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Lezlie Ott.

21.       A17-1027
            Lillian L. Morris, Relator, vs. Unity Health Care, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

22.       A17-0700
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jesse Russell Patchen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judith  M. Tilsen.
 
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
February 12, 2018



1.         A17-1152
            David Richard Carlson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Dale O. Harris.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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