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FILED Wednesday, June 20, 2018


A17-0221        Joel Jennissen, et al., Appellants, vs. City of Bloomington, Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            A proposed city charter amendment to require voter approval to implement organized waste collection is not preempted by state law because the Legislature did not intend to occupy the field of regulation of the process by which municipalities organize collection of solid waste.
            Reversed and remanded.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.
            Took no part, Justice Paul C. Thissen.

A16-1056        In the Matter of the Custody of M.J.H., Eric John Christensen, Respondent, vs. Danielle Marie Healey, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   When determining whether a motion to modify parenting time is a de facto motion to modify physical custody for purposes of deciding whether the endangerment standard in Minn. Stat. § 518.18(d)(iv) (2016) applies, a court should consider the totality of the circumstances to determine whether the proposed modification is a substantial change that would modify the parties’ custody arrangement.
            2.   Respondent’s motion is a de facto motion to modify physical custody; therefore, the endangerment standard in Minn. Stat. § 518.18(d)(iv) (2016) applies to his motion.
            Reversed.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Took no part, Justice Paul C. Thissen.

A17-0162        Mary Laymon as personal representative of the Estate of Howard Arnold Laymon, Appellant, vs. Minnesota Premier Properties,
                         LLC, et al., Respondents.
                         Court of Appeals.
            A residuary devisee has a transferable ownership interest in property at the death of the testator because the phrase “persons to whom it is devised” in Minnesota Statutes section 524.3-101 (2016) includes residuary devisees.
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
            Took no part, Justice Paul C. Thissen.

A16-1515        Rochester City Lines Co., Respondent, vs. City of Rochester, et al., Appellants, First Transit, Inc., Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   A bus operator did not properly raise an appearance-of-bias claim in its pre bid protest of the city’s competitive-bidding-contract-award process, and therefore forfeited its appearance-of-bias argument on appeal.
            2.   Remand to the court of appeals of alternative issues raised, but not decided by that court, is warranted here.
            Reversed and remanded.  Justice Anne K. McKeig.
            Took no part, Justice Paul C. Thissen.



A18-0330       Eddie Hudson, Respondent, vs. Trillium Staffing and XL Insurance, with Claims Administered by CorVel Corporation, Relators,
                        and Medica Health Plans/Optum, Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Hennepin County Medical Center & Physicians, Park Nicollet Health
                        Services, and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Intervenors.
                        Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
            Affirmed without opinion; motion denied.  Justice Anne K. McKeig.

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FILED Tuesday, June 19, 2018

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      State of Minnesota vs. Brett Allen Goulet – A17-0452 – Denied
2.      State of Minnesota, by its Commissioner of Transportation vs. Lee Thomas Boril, et al., Boundary Waters Land & Timber, Ltd. – A17-1211 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Lloyd Dale Johnson – A17-0047 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Justen Paul Linskie – A17-0458 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Pedro Ayala-Leyva – A17-0595 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Kevin Lawrence Johnson – A17-0649 – Denied
7.      Megan Ashley Olson, et al. vs. One 1999 Lexus MN License Plate No. 851LDV VIN: JT6HF10U6X0079461 – A17-1083 – Granted
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Jonathan David Janssen – A17-0194 – Denied
9.      David Walt Studanski vs. State of Minnesota – A17-0999 – Denied
10.    State of Minnesota vs. Bryant Jockieth Malone – A17-0379 – Denied
11.    Cindy Ly vs. North Memorial Medical Center – A17-0966 – Denied
12.    State of Minnesota vs. Cicero Deshawn Taylor – A17-0491 – Denied
13.    Ross Ronald Olsen vs. Molly Erin Koop, f/k/a Molly E. Humphrey – A17-1151 – Denied
14.    City of Richfield vs. Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc. – A17-1275 – Granted
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Ricky Lee Collins, Jr. – A17-0679 – Denied
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Garnet Frances Madden – A17-0755 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Erik Paul Ellingson – A17-1407 – Denied
18.    State of Minnesota vs. Joshua Scott Hacken – A17-0894 – Denied
19.    Gilbert Reyna, Jr. vs. State of Minnesota – A17-1414 – Denied
20.    State of Minnesota vs. Robert Lee Ranzy, Jr. – A17-1393 – Denied
21.    Krenske Construction, Inc. vs. Donald Draper, Angela Draper, AgStar Financial Services, FLCA – A17-0974 – Denied

Filed – June 20, 2018

1.      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: R.L.H., C.L.M., and J.D. – A17-1826 – Denied