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Court of Appeals Opinions



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Appellate Courts transmit all notices, orders, and opinions electronically.

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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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, May 17, 2021


NO 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Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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, May 17, 2021

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


1.         A20-1137
            James Jesse Hunter, Appellant, vs. Kim Coughlin, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Patti Aanes.
 
2.         A21-0005
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: J. M., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Robyn A. Millenacker.
 
3.         A20-1039
            Fatoumata Binta Diallo, Respondent, vs. Omaru Jalloh, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Michael E. Burns.
 
4.         A20-1381
            Maurice Lovell Anderson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Sophia Y. Vuelo.
 
5.         A20-1345
            Terence Taylor, Relator, vs. Northern Tier Retail LLC, Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.
 
6.         A20-1021
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Melvin Ronaldo Serrano-Santana, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. George Stephenson.
 
7.         A20-1397
            Paul Nelsen, Plaintiff, Peter Nelsen, et al., individually and as interested persons for the benefit of the Estate of Norma Nelsen, Appellants,
            vs. Lawrence Nelsen, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Melissa Listug.
 
8.         A20-1284
            Charity Amber Billings, Respondent, vs. Aaron Louis Olson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Arlene Perkkio.
 
9.         A20-1085
            Hirut Woldemariam, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Dereje F. Gulema, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Ronelle  Anderson.
 
10.       A20-0464
            William Gunder Reppe Jr., Appellant, vs. Karen Beckers Reppe, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Arlene Perkkio.
 
11.       A20-0838
            Rupam Sinha, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Deepak Kademani, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Christian M. Sande and Hon. Kristin Siegesmund.
 
12.       A20-1473
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Joshua Ervin Thomas Staebler.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. William J. Cashman.
 
13.       A20-0723
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jerome Allen Mindermann, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Kevin Miller.
 
14.       A20-1183
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Nicholas Gage Carr, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bev Benson.
 
15.       A20-0733
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Randy Joel Bade, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Mark Edward Betters.
 
16.       A20-1337
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joshua Alan Galle, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaïtas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kerry Meyer.
 
17.       A20-1223
            BDS Laundry Management Company, Appellant, vs Haven, LLC, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaïtas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. David L. Piper.
 
18.       A20-1053
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Stephen Jon Barthold, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.
 
19.       A20-0840
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Roberto Limon, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Kris Davick-Halfen.
 
20.       A20-1217
            Jesse Toluwannimi Babatunde, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.
 
21.       A20-1383
            In re the Marriage of: Dodamwalage Dinesh Jayawardena, petitioner, Appellant, vs.
            Mallikaarachchige Sathsarani Jayawardena, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Patrick D. Robben.
 
22.       A19-0833
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kristi Lee Durschmidt, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Lyon County District Court, Hon. Judge Tricia Zimmer.
 
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* 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
May 17, 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, May 17, 2021

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