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, September 20, 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Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS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, September 20, 2021

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



1.         A20-1595
            LeAnn Wilbourn, Appellant, vs. Creative Homes, Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Laura A. Pietan.

2.         A20-1249, A20-1261
            In re the Marriage of: Amy Lynn Callister, petitioner, Respondent (A20-1249), Appellant
            (A20-1261), vs. Kevin Callister, Appellant (A20-1249), Respondent (A20-1261).
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.

3.         A20-1366
            Kadi Beth Jackson, o/b/o Minor Children, Respondent, vs. Robert Bradley Daniel,
            Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Nicollet County District Court, Hon. Allison Krehbiel-Baskfield.

4.         A21-0526
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Matthew Christopher Kurtenbach, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Yellow Medicine County District Court, Hon. Dwayne Knutsen.

5.         A20-1442
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Deluna, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Faribault County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Trushenski.

6.         A21-0652
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Jestin Erickson Ledlum.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Phillip Carruthers.

7.         A20-1613
            Tony Ray Walker, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Lois R. Conroy.

8.         A20-1370
            In the Matter of the Reestablishment of Big Stone County Ditch 21 Drainage System
            Records.
            Reversed; motion granted.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Big Stone County Board of Commissioners.

9.         A20-1524
            Sarah Anne Trisko, and o/b/o Minor Children, Respondent, vs. Karen Mary Hartung,
            Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Nathaniel Welte.

10.       A21-0257
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Koulton Ugene Robinson, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

11.       A21-0115
            In re the Estate of: Mark Kevin Egan, Deceased.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Thomas Gilligan, Jr.

12.       A19-0078
            King's Cove Marina, LLC, Respondent, vs Lambert Commercial Construction LLC, et
            al., Defendants, United Fire & Casualty Company, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Gary R. Schurrer and Hon. Sheridan Hawley.


 
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
September 20, 2021



1.         A20-1233
            John Doe, Relator, vs. University of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Writ discharged.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            University of Minnesota Medical School.
 

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, September 20, 2021

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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