Court of Appeals Opinions



IMPORTANT NOTICE

Appellate Courts will begin transmitting all notices, orders, and opinions electronically.

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.


Published Opinions

By 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, November 18, 2019



NO PUBLISHED OPINIONS FILED
 

Unpublished Opinions

Unpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, November 18, 2019

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



1.         A19-0304
            Dan Casey, Relator, vs. Minnesota Department of Corrections, Respondent, Department
            of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

2.         A19-0272
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kent David Olson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. John E. DeSanto.

3.         A19-0528
            William A. McClendon, Appellant, vs. Thomas Roy, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Gregory G. Galler.

4.         A19-0110
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Hussen Hassan Hussen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Christina Kilbo Stevens.

5.         A19-0466, A19-0468
            Staples-Motley School District, Respondent (A19-0466), Paul David Anderson,
            Respondent (A19-0468), vs. Dave Johnson a/k/a David Kenneth Johnson, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Todd County District Court, Hon. Timothy M. Churchwell.

6.         A19-0691
            In the Matter of: Amber Brook Tobin, Appellant, vs. Richard Glenn Tobin, II,
            Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Rex D. Stacey.

7.         A19-0502
            Leonard A. Wallace, Appellant, vs. BNSF Railway Company, a Delaware Corporation,
            Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Eric Hylden.

8.         A18-2057
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Stevevontae Dellshawn Champion, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

9.         A19-0596
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Matthew William Vos, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Rice County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey M Johnson.

10.       A19-0506
            Heidi Ann Kingsley, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Isaiah Thomas Kingsley, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.

11.       A19-0107
            Preston Ryan Lee, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Cynthia McCollum.

12.       A19-0927
            In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: N. L. B., Mother.
            Reversed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Winona County District Court, Hon. Mary C. Leahy.

13.       A18-1966
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Hector Garcia Garcia, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Nicole J. Starr.

14.       A19-0874
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Eugene Christopher Banks.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.

15.       A18-1899
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Markus Wilton Eskew, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Gary W. Bastian.

16.       A19-0900
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Nicole Marie Stensrud.
            Vacated.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Thompson.

17.       A19-0061
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. TreJuan Dominic Miller, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.

18.       A19-0473
            County of Hennepin, Appellant, vs. Tamara J. Laechelt, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathleen D. Sheehy.

19.       A18-1622
            Heidi Renae Karn-Kirwin, n/k/a Heidi Renae Karn, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Shawn
            Patrick Kirwin, co-petitioner, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.*
            Stevens County District Court, Hon. Charles Crawford Glasrud.

20.       A19-0021
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Timothy James Atkins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Patrick R Rohland.

21.       A18-1490, A18-1655
            State of Minnesota, Appellant (A18-1655), Respondent (A18-1490), vs. Brian Joseph
            Andvik, Appellant (A18-1490), Respondent (A18-1655).
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Traverse County District Court, Hon. Charles Crawford Glasrud.
 
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
 

Order Opinions

Cases 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
November 18, 2019



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

Special Release Opinions

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED


Opinion Sets

Opinion sets contain all published, unpublished, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, November 18, 2019

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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  5. Open the extracted file.

Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

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