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FILED Wednesday, December 5, 2018


A18-0580        Charles Waters, et al., Relators, vs. Commissioner of Revenue, Respondent.
                         Tax Court.
            Pell education grants are “nontaxable scholarship or fellowship grants” under Minn. Stat. § 290A.03, subd. 3(a)(2)(xiii) (2018), that must be included in the calculation of “household income” to determine eligibility for a property tax refund.
            Affirmed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.

A16-0220        Justin Stephen Ries, Respondent/Cross-Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota Appellant/Cross-Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   Although the court of appeals erred in holding that the exception to the warrant requirement recognized in Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968), applies when an officer has a reasonable suspicion that a person “might” commit a crime, the search of the defendant was objectively reasonable under the emergency-aid exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement. 
            2.   A party does not forfeit the right to challenge a district court’s ruling on a motion to strike a juror for cause by not using a preemptory challenge to remove the juror.
            Affirmed.  Justice Anne K. McKeig.
            Concurring/Dissenting, Justice David L. Lillehaug.
            Concurring/Dissenting, Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Took no part, Justice Paul C. Thissen.

A17-0450        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Juan Manuel Ortega-Rodriguez, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            The plain language of Minn. Stat. § 609.342, subd. 1(h) (2018), requires proof of “sexual penetration.”
            Reversed.  Justice Paul C. Thissen.


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FILED Wednesday, November 28, 2018

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      State of Minnesota vs. Davon Allen – A17-1704 – Denied
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Justin Lee Armstrong – A17-1500 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Alexis Giovanni Barrow – A17-1719 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Lamont Johnson – A17-1422 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Shawn Michael Peterson – A17-1898 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Benjamin Lee Harris – A17-1458 – Denied
7.      State of Minnesota vs. Glen Dale Acon – A17-1560 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Quentin Laurel Rasmussen – A17-1785 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Adam Gregory Behl – A17-1587 – Denied
10.    Daniel J. Engstrom vs. Whitebirch, Inc., et al. – A18-0366 – Granted
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Shane Lester Gullickson – A17-1680 – Denied
12.    State of Minnesota vs. Dennis Dean Patzold – A17-1549 – Denied
13.    State of Minnesota vs. Jallah Sallah Kollie – A17-1974 – Denied
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Kevin Herman Larson – A17-1274 – Denied
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Brian Arthur Barthman – A17-1191 – Granted/Denied
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Chris Scott – A17-1556 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Mario Dewayne Nelson – A17-1406 – Denied
18.    In re the Estate of: Harold E. Farnes, a/k/a Harold Farnes and Harold Ellwood Farnes, Decedent – A18-0036 – Denied
19.    Ambree Getz vs. Eila Kaarina Peace, et al. – A18-0121 – Granted
20.    State of Minnesota vs. Joshua Dale Swift – A17-1615 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. Melie Ike Ilogu – A17-1602 – Denied
22.    State of Minnesota vs. Bryce Monroe Muir – A17-1843 Denied
23.    State of Minnesota vs. Donald Cody Tarbell – A18-0349 – Denied
24.    State of Minnesota vs. Jason Owen Nelson – A17-1486 – Denied
25.    State of Minnesota vs. Anansa Ashanti McIntosh-Spicer – A17-1565 – Denied
26.    Paul King, et al. vs. County of St. Louis, Duluth Economic Development Authority – A18-0041 – Denied
27.    Robert Sam Raisch Jr. vs. State of Minnesota – A18-0536 – Denied


 28.    In re the Marriage of: Mandeep Singh Sodhi vs. Leisa Lynn-Ketelsen Sochi – A17-0094 – Vacated/Denied

Filed – November 20, 2018

 1.      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: R.J.L., Parent – A18-0600 – Denied