Court of Appeals Opinions

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 distribute a notice that informs counsel, self-represented (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.

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.

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Precedential OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a precedential (formerly called "published") opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Precedential 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 of caselaw found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, November 29, 2021



NO PRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS FILED
 
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter than precedential opinions, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as precedential opinions.

NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS
FILED Monday, November 29, 2021

Pursuant to Minn. R. Civ. App. P. 136.01, subd. 1 (c)



1.         A21-0144
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Sarah Jean Solien, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Rodney Hanson.

2.         A21-0690
            Anthony Scott David Auginaush, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Clearwater County District Court, Hon. Eric P. Schieferdecker.

3.         A21-0791
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: A. L. S. and G. L. S., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Kanabec County District Court, Hon. Stoney L. Hiljus.

4.         A20-1474
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gregory James Head, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Annie Pat Claesson-Huseby.

5.         A21-0361
            Marlow Shelton McDonald, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Kurt D. Johnson.

6.         A21-0015
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dennis John Demario Byrd, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Lois R. Conroy.

7.         A21-0165
            In re the Marriage of:  Linsey Lee Milbrandt, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Jeffrey Robert
            Milbrandt, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.


 
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
November 29, 2021



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, November 29, 2021

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

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