Court of Appeals Opinions


Opinion Policies

Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10:00 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday. When a Monday is a holiday, opinions are issued on Tuesday.   

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 other business days.  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 and previously released Special Term Orders.
 

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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, July 8, 2024


A23-1504   Justin Thomas Skyberg, Respondent, vs. Danielle Christen Orlich, Appellant, County of Sherburne, Intervenor.
                   Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Judge Kristi Stanislawski.
          Based on the plain meaning of Minn. Stat. § 518D.206(b) (2022), governing simultaneous proceedings between two jurisdictions, a Minnesota district court that has exclusive, continuing jurisdiction under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) must dismiss a child-custody proceeding when a foreign court properly exercises temporary,  emergency jurisdiction under the UCCJEA.
          Reversed. Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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, July 8, 2024

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


1.   A23-1287
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dagan Michael Lasart, Jr., Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Renee L. Worke.
      Stearns County District Court, Hon. Mary B. Mahler.

2.   A23-1131
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Xavier Hill, Appellant.
      Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Renee L. Worke.
      Morrison County District Court, Hon. Antoinette C. Wetzel.

3.   A23-1887
      Anne Doering, Appellant, vs. Neighbor Senior Services, LLC, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Tracy M. Smith.
      Washington County District Court, Hon. Laura A. Pietan.

4.   A23-1715
      In the Matter of the Welfare of: G. A. B., Child.
      Affirmed. Judge Tracy M. Smith.
      Clay County District Court, Hon. Tammy L. Merkins.

5.   A23-1448
      In the Matter of the Welfare of: S. S. M., Child.
      Affirmed. Judge Tracy M. Smith.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Colette Routel.

6.   A23-1225
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Shawn Christopher Brown, Appellant.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Tracy M. Smith.
      Stearns County District Court, Hon. Sarah E. Hennesy.

7.   A23-1089
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Carl Stanley Williams, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Tracy M. Smith.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Paul Scoggin .

8.   A23-1047
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dymond Rene Hayden, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Tracy M. Smith.
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Edward Sheu.

9.   A23-1656
      In re City of St. Paul's Decision on the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed University of St. Thomas Multipurpose
      Arena.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
      City of St. Paul.

10. A23-1505
      Mary Jo Schuttloffel, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Eric Matthew Janke, Respondent.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
      Anoka County District Court, Hon. Nancy J. Logering.

11. A23-1592
      In the Matter of Citizen Petition for Preparation of an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the Proposed Summit Avenue Regional Trail
      (SART).
      Affirmed. Judge Randall J. Slieter.
      City of St. Paul.

12. A23-1025
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jordan King LaBelle, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Motion Denied. Judge Randall J. Slieter.
      Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Shari R. Schluchter.

13. A23-0947
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Johnnie Lerma, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Randall J. Slieter.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

14. A23-1048
      Hook & Ladder Apartments, L.P., Respondent, vs. Nichole Nalewaja, Appellant.
      Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Motions Denied. Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Toddrick S. Barnette .

15. A24-0095
      In the Matter of the Civil Comment of: Terry Lee Bryant.
      Affirmed. Judge Sarah Wheelock.
      Morrison County District Court, Hon. Antoinette C. Wetzel.

16. A23-1171
      Mary Chasteen, Relator, vs. Ind School District #2342, Respondent, Department of  Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Sarah Wheelock.
      Department of Employment and Economic Development.

17. A23-0631
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Timothy Allen Amacher, Appellant.
      Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Sarah Wheelock.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Shereen Askalani.

18. A23-1714, A23-1716, A23-1717
      State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Brian Lee Emerson, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Elise Larson.
      Dissenting, Judge Francis J. Connolly.
      Isanti County District Court, Hon. Amy R. Brosnahan.

19. A23-1473
      In re the Guardianship and Conservatorship of Brian Powers.
      Affirmed. Judge Elise Larson.
      Clay County District Court, Hon. Jade Rosenfeldt.

20. A23-1205
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Bradley Joseph Wilson, Jr., Appellant.
      Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Jonathan P. Schmidt.
      Cook County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Cuzzo.

21. A23-1095
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kelly Ann Tysdale, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Jonathan P. Schmidt.
      Rice County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey M. Johnson.

22. A23-1577
      August Ventures, LLC a Minnesota limited liability company, et al., Respondents, vs. Gedney Foods Company, Defendant, PMC Global, Inc., et al.,
      Appellants.
      Affirmed. Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.*
      Carver County District Court, Hon. Janet L. Barke Cain.

23. A23-0811
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Leneil James Colbert, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge James B. Florey.*
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Paul Yang.

24. A23-1236
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Amy Lynn Monson, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Michael L. Kirk.*
      Douglas County District Court, Hon. Timothy M. Churchwell.

25. A23-1437
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eric Anthonly Klaysmat, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge John P. Smith.*
      St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Bhupesh R Pattni.

* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.

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
July 8, 2024


1.   A23-1778
      Fathia Adid Salah, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Mohamed Osman Mursal, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Renee L. Worke.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Terri Yellowhammer.

2.   A23-1477
      Cherrity Honesty-Alexis Meranelli, Appellant, vs. Jolieene Anne Wright, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Sarah Wheelock.
      Carlton County District Court, Hon. Eric Hylden.

3.   A23-1323
      Ashley Johnson, Relator, vs. Joules Medspa and Laser Center, LLC, Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development,
      Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Jonathan P. Schmidt.
      Department of Employment and Economic Development.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

Opinion SetsAs of June 1, 2023, the Court of Appeals no longer provides opinion sets in Word Document format and Rich Text Format. Opinions are available in PDF format under the Opinions tabs on this site.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, July 8, 2024

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