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.

FILED Monday, November 27, 2023

A23-0935        In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: F. F. N. M., Parent.                   
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Michelle Hatcher.
            Minnesota Rule of Juvenile Protection Procedure 38.04 authorizes the district court to exclude a parent from a trial on a petition to terminate parental rights, to proceed with the trial in the parent’s absence, and to issue a decision on the petition, if the parent engages in conduct that disrupts the trial.              
           Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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.

FILED Monday, November 27, 2023

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

1.    A22-1117
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Paul Scott Seeman, Appellant.
       Affirmed. Judge Francis J. Connolly.
       Rice County District Court, Hon. Christine A. Long.

2.    A23-0762
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Salahedden K. Nakhleh, Appellant.
       Reversed. Judge Francis J. Connolly.
       Martin County District Court, Hon. Darci Bentz.

3.    A23-0412
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Randall Thomas Graham, Appellant.
       Affirmed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
       Stearns County District Court, Hon. Andrew R. Pearson.

4.    A23-0632
       In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: H. M. W., A. T. L., and G. W. A., Parents.
       Affirmed. Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
       Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Kevin Miller.

5.    A22-1818
       Eugene C. Banks, Appellant, vs. Dakota County Board of Commissioners, et al.,
       Affirmed. Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
       Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.

6.    A23-0596
       In re: Guardianship of Jill Lee Osufsen.
       Affirmed. Judge Tracy M. Smith.
       Itasca County District Court, Hon. Sarah McBroom.

7.    A23-0398
       Andrew Joseph Haman, Appellant, vs. Seth Tyberg, Respondent.
       Reversed and remanded. Judge Tracy M. Smith.
       Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Annie Pat Claesson-Huseby.

8.    A22-1832, A22-1833
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mitchel Jerome Kasper, Appellant.
       Affirmed. Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
       St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Jill Eichenwald.

9.    A23-0091
       In the Matter of the Determination of the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for
       the Mankato Motorsports Park.
       Reversed and remanded. Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
       City of Eagle Lake.
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.

November 27, 2023



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, November 27, 2023

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