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, July 15, 2024


A23-1338   Jane Doe 271, Respondent, vs. Adam Michael Pyfferoen, Appellant, Jeremy Michael Olson, Third-Party Defendant.
                   Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Lisa R. Hayne.
          Application of the six-year statute of limitations under Minn. Stat. § 541.073, subd. 2(a) (2022), for “[a]n action for damages based on sexual abuse” does not depend on the elements of the particular claims asserted in that action.
          Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.

A24-0158   Denise Jean Thordson, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Appellant.
                    Freeborn County District Court, Hon. Christy Hormann.
          Review on appeal of a district court’s determination in an implied-consent proceeding that a driver proved or failed to prove a prescription-drug affirmative defense under Minn. Stat. § 169A.53, subd. 3(i) (2022), is for an abuse of discretion.
          Reversed. Judge Jennifer Frisch.

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, July 15, 2024

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


1.   A23-1875
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rajiv Thomas Kjorsvig, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Renee L. Worke.
      St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Robert C. Friday.

2.   A23-1046
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Andre Benjamin Stigger, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. DeAnne M. Hilgers.

3.   A24-0079
      Dmitri M Medvedovski, Appellant, vs. the Commissioner of State of Minnesota Department of Human Services, Respondent, Ramsey County
      Social/Human Services Agency, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Mark Ireland.

4.   A23-1802
      Star Bank, Respondent, vs. Robert W Anderson, et al., Defendants, Bushmills Ethanol, Inc., Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
      Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Karen Schommer.

5.   A23-1665
      Adetola Omolola Allen, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Temitope Oluwaseyi Allen, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
      Washington County District Court, Hon. Helen Brosnahan.

6.   A23-1560
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Hannah Elayne Marie Weyhrauch, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
      Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Brianne J. Buccicone.

7.   A24-0146
      In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Nathaniel Joseph Galster.
      Affirmed. Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
      Clay County District Court, Hon. Leah duCharme.

8.   A23-1097
      Cassandra Ann Petri, petitioner, Respondent, vs. John Edward Petri, Appellant.
      Affirmed; motion denied. Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
      Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.

9.   A23-1699
      Gary Frodermann, Appellant, vs. Chandler Feed Company, Respondent, Hubbard Feeds Management Company, Respondent.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Randall J. Slieter.
      Rock County District Court, Hon. Terry S. Vajgrt.

10. A23-1819
      Mahmood Khan, Appellant, vs. City of Minneapolis, Respondent, Hennepin County, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.

11. A23-1839
      Valentin Arkadievich Povarchuk, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Rebecca Joyce Povarchuk, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Elise Larson.
      Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.

12. A23-1532
      Ednika Dabney, Appellant, vs. Douglas Van Vreede, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Elise Larson.
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Patrick C. Diamond.

13. A23-1135
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jerry Ray Apel, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Keala C. Ede.
      St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Bhupesh R Pattni.

14. A23-1086
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Allan Kingsley Kerr, Appellant.
      Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Keala C. Ede.
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Timothy Carey.

15. A22-0332
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joseph William Curtis, Appellant.
      Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Keala C. Ede.
      Dakota County District Court, Hon. Tanya O'Brien.

16. A23-1866
      Deco Shakopee, LLC, Respondent, vs. Janet K Fullenwiley, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge JaPaul J Harris.
      Scott County District Court, Hon. Paula D. Vraa.

17. A23-1312, A23-1315
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jahee Jamill Lasley, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge JaPaul J Harris.
      Stearns County District Court, Hon. Andrew R. Pearson.

18. A23-1222
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jason Michael Randall, Appellant.
      Reversed. Judge JaPaul J Harris.
      Clay County District Court, Hon. Tammy L. Merkins.

19. A23-1870
      Hiebert Greenhouses of Minnesota, Inc., et al., Relators, vs. City of Mountain Lake, Respondent.
      Affirmed; motion granted. Judge Denise D. Reilly.*
      City of Mountain Lake.

20. A23-1280
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mickela Joy Vredenburg, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.*
      Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Pamela King.

21. A23-1196
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Janelle Lorraine Johnson, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Michael L. Kirk.*
      Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Jeanine R. Brand.

* 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
July 15, 2024


1.   A23-1735
      Du-Shaun Martin Earl Holmes, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Mallory Smunk, Respondent.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
      Benton County District Court, Hon. Michael S. Jesse.

2.   A23-0918
      Scott Ryan Olson, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Tera Leigh Olson, n/k/a Tera Leigh Johnson, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
      Dakota County District Court, Hon. Christopher J. Lehmann.

3.   A24-0222
      Robert Raymond Jackson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Kadi Beth Jackson, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Jennifer Frisch.
      Scott County District Court, Hon. Jill Lebow Prohofsky.

4.   A23-1214
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kevin Eugene Bradt, Jr., Appellant.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Elise Larson.
      Washington County District Court, Hon. Laura A. Pietan.

5.   A23-1116
      Adam Lee Bush, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Keala C. Ede.
      Becker County District Court, Hon. Michelle W. Lawson.

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, July 15, 2024

Opinion Set in a Zipped PDF Format

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  3. Choose the "Open" option on the Download Complete screen.
  4. Extract the files to a location of your choice.
  5. Open the extracted file.