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Court of Appeals Opinions



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Beginning no later than July 1, 2011, the appellate courts will send notices, orders, opinions, and correspondence related to pending cases to attorneys in those cases by e-mail rather than postal mail.  All attorneys with pending appellate cases who have not already registered an e-mail address should do so immediately.  Unrepresented parties with pending appellate cases may also participate in this e-notification system by registering an e-mail address.  Please visit the Clerk of Appellate Courts page for instructions on how to register your e-mail address.
 

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 mail a notice that informs counsel, 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.  Copies of the opinions are mailed to involved parties on Mondays.

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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Published OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a published opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Published 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 found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, September 14, 2020



A20-0523        In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Brian James Turner.
                         Cass County District Court, Hon. Janna M. Austad.
            In the absence of a request for a substitute decision-maker, Minn. Stat. § 253B.092 (2018) does not require that the district court consider whether to appoint a substitute decision-maker before it orders the involuntary administration of neuroleptic medication to a patient subject to civil commitment.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.

 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as published opinions.

UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS
FILED Monday, September 14, 2020

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2018)



1.         A19-2051
            Douglas Edwin Minor, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.

2.         A19-2078
            Jordan Carroll, Relator, vs. Minnesota Apartments, LLC, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Vacated.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

3.         A19-1926
            In the Matter of: Walmart Inc., Relator, vs. Anoka County, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Office of Administrative Hearings.

4.         A19-1798
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Deavion Ladell Beasley, Sr., Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. John G. Melbye.

5.         A19-1832
            Fong Lee, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Nicole J. Starr.

6.         A19-2023
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Alize Khudari Perkins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Robert Awsumb.

7.         A17-0210
            Lariat Companies, Inc., Respondent, vs. Barbara Wigley, Appellant, Michael Wigley,
            Defendant.
            Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Frank J. Magill, Jr.
 
8.         A19-2047
            William M. Dunkley, et al., Appellants, vs. Greg W. Hueler, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.
 
9.         A18-0587
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Boyd Jerome Morson, II, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Shereen Askalani.

10.       A20-0189
            In re the Marriage of:  John Richard Strosahl, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Doreen
            Strosahl, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Eric J. Braaten.

11.       A20-0122
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony James Harrell, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.

12.       A20-0078
            American Family Insurance, Appellant, vs. Cory Klingehoets, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth Strand.

13.       A19-1596, A20-0508
            In re the Estate of: Stanley George Zych, Deceased, and In the Matter of The Revocable
            Trust Agreement of Stanley George Zych Dated May 23, 2013.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Big Stone County District Court, Hon. Charles Crawford Glasrud.
 
14.       A19-2082
            40 Ventures LLC, Appellant, vs. Minnesquam, L.L.C., et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.

15.       A20-0242
            In re the Estate of  Adolph J. Wagner, Deceased, and In the Matter of:, The Revocable
            Trust Agreement of Adolph J. Wagner dated May 17, 1994, and The Adolph J. Wagner
            Revocable Trust dated March 14, 2014.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Douglas County District Court, Hon. Michelle L. Clark.

16.       A20-0200
            Samson Longtin, Appellant, vs. Jeffrey Scott Pollard, Respondent, Aaron Michael Voges,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Sarah McBroom.
  
17.       A20-0135
            Dwaine C. Ratfield, et al., Appellants, vs. South Harbor Township, Respondent, Robert
            Zuckerman, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.*
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Matthew M. Quinn.
 
* 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
September 14, 2020



1.         A19-1273
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ramone Trayvil Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Peter A. Cahill.

2.         A20-0237
            John Fleming, Jr., petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Nicole J. Starr.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, September 14, 2020

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