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.


Published Opinions

By 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, March 27, 2023



A22-1123        James Paul Aery, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                        Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Jeanine R. Brand.
            A petition for an order declaring eligibility for compensation based on exoneration under Minn. Stat. § 590.11 (2022) is a postconviction proceeding for which no filing fee or order granting in forma pauperis status is required.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
 

Unpublished Opinions

Unpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect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.

NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS
FILED Monday, March 27, 2023

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



1.         A22-1414
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Aaron Wayne White, Sr.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. Jana M. Austad.
           
2.         A22-1313
            In the Matter of the Welfare of: M. B. W., Child.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Caroline H. Lennon.
           
3.         A22-0990
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tevin Marcel Bellaphant, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher.
           
4.         A22-0920
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Braylen Justice Miller, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Christian S. Wilton.
           
5.         A21-1519
            Antoine Versabeau, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Hana Zewde Mekonnen, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded; motions granted.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Thomas J. Conley
           
6.         A22-1209
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Andrew Paul Anderson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Shawn M. Moynihan.
           
7.         A22-0996
            In re: Estate of Maryetta Louise Andrews.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Christopher J. Strandlie.
           
8.         A22-0896
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Matthew Jay Keniston, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Theresa Couri.
           
9.         A22-0763
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joshua William Dwyer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Rice County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey M. Johnson.
           
10.       A22-0632
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Matthew Douglas Paulson, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Todd R. Schoffelman.
           
11.       A22-1078
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eric Demont Wilson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Mark Edward Betters.
           
12.       A22-0995
            Elliott Sirota, et al., Respondents, vs. Villas of St. Albans Bay Association, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.
           
13.       A22-0945
            Doe 598, Appellant, vs. Special School Dist. No. 6, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.
           
14.       A22-0976
            Anthony Dexter Wayne Francis, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Denise Tonche, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Dissenting, Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Karen R Duncan.
           
15.       A22-0767
            In re the Joan C. Ranallo Trust.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kristin Siegesmund.
           
16.       A22-0744
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeramy John Wharton, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Melissa Listug.
           
17.       A22-1007
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Wyatt Christopher Labeau, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Mary B. Mahler.

18.       A22-0260
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. John Mitchell Wiseman, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nicole A. Engisch.
           
19.       A22-0943
            Timothy Daniel Lorbiecke, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Wendy Leigh Lorbiecke,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaïtas.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Geoffrey W. Tenney.
           
20.       A22-0399
            Joel Steven Kangas, Respondent, vs. Jennifer Ann Kangas, Respondent, Jordan Lane
            Peacock, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Theodora K. Gaïtas.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.
           
21.       A22-0855
            In re Approving Adverse Action Against the Cigarette/Tobacco Licenses Held by Narjis,
            LLC, d/b/a East Side Grocery, at 1340 Payne Avenue.
            Affirmed.  Judge Elise Larson.
            City of St. Paul.
           
22.       A22-1589
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Kayli Anne Feekes-Benedict, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward J. Cleary.*
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Jade Rosenfeldt.
           
23.       A22-0937
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Justyn Tyler Hosley, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Edward J. Cleary.*
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Richard H. Kyle, Jr.

24.       A22-0761
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Antonio Albert Schally, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward J. Cleary.*
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Laura A. Pietan.
           
25.       A22-1213
            Anoka County, Anoka, Minnesota, Respondent, vs. American Federation of State, County
            & Municipal Employees, Council 5, South St. Paul, Minnesota, Relator, Bureau of
            Mediation Services, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Bureau of Mediation Services.
           
26.       A22-0611
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Stephanie Louise Clark, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Peter A. Cahill.
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.

Order Opinions

Cases 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
March 27, 2023


NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED

Special Release Opinions

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED


Opinion Sets

Opinion sets contain all published, unpublished, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, March 27, 2023

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