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FILED Wednesday, February 21, 2024


A22-1340   State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gregory Paul Ulrich, Appellant.
                    Wright County.
          1. The district court did not abuse its discretion in denying a motion by defendant to strike a juror for cause because the juror did not express actual bias requiring either rehabilitation or removal from the jury.
          2. The district court did not abuse its discretion in denying a motion by defendant to change venue based on the failure of defendant to renew the motion following voir dire.
          3. Guilty verdicts of first-degree premeditated murder and four counts of attempted first-degree premeditated murder are supported by the record.
          Affirmed. Justice G. Barry Anderson.
          Took no part, Justice Margaret H. Chutich.

A23-1100   Otha Eric Townsend, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                    Ramsey County.
          The law of the case doctrine bars petitioner’s motion to correct a sentence under Minnesota Rule of Criminal Procedure 27.03.
          Affirmed. Justice Paul C. Thissen.

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FILED Tuesday, February 20, 2024

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.         In re the Marriage of: Matthew Beland vs. Heidi Ann Beland, Polk County –
            Issue Granted: Whether an individual court of appeals judge has authority to sua sponte dismiss an appeal upon an ex parte advisement from the Family Law Appellate Mediation Office, to dismiss the appeal because the parties “completed mediation.”
            The decision of the court of appeals was vacated and the case remanded to the court of appeals for reconsideration in light of Rule 13(b) of the Special Rules of Practice for the Minnesota Court of Appeals Governing Family Law Appellate Mediation.
Lift Stay/Proceed with Briefing
2.         In the Matter of the SIRS Appeal by Best Care, LLC – A22-1688
            Issue Granted:  In order to recover public funds paid to a vendor of medical care, is the Minnesota Department of Human Services required to prove both that the vendor committed abuse of a Medical Assistance program, and separately that such abuse also caused the vendor to be improperly paid for services that were not actually provided?
            Cross-Review Issue Granted:  Did the court of appeals correctly conclude that Relator was required to maintain copies of PCA Choice care plans in their offices and that the failure to do so constitutes abuse?
3.       Charles Todd Bragg vs. Tracy Beltz – A23-1018
4.       First & First, LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company, et al. vs. Chadco of Duluth, LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company – A23-0598
5.       In re Daniel Cragg, et al., Dalvin Cook vs. Gracelyn Trimble, Daniel Cragg, et al. – A23-0309
6.       In re the Marriage of: Helena Koivu vs. Mikko Sakari Koivu – A23-0890, A23-1267
7.       In re the Marriage of: Matthew Beland vs. Heidi Beland NKA Heidi Rylander – A23-1488
8.       In re the Marriage of: Xiaoyan Sun vs. Qiang Yang – A22-1620
9.       State of Minnesota vs. Braylen Justice Miller – A23-0050
10.     State of Minnesota vs. Eh Doh Par – A22-1822
11.     State of Minnesota vs. Gerald Willy Dixon – A22-1721
12.     State of Minnesota vs. Joseph John Hall – A23-0122
13.     State of Minnesota vs. Joshua Louis Meek – A22-1595
14.     State of Minnesota vs. Keith Darral Carlson – A22-1786
15.     State of Minnesota vs. Michael Romeo Geraci – A22-1662
16.     State of Minnesota vs. Micheal Lee Cocuzzi – A22-1558
17.     State of Minnesota vs. Paul Scott Seeman – A22-1117
18.     State of Minnesota vs. Quantelize Jerell Welch – A22-1515
19.     The State of Minnesota vs. Adam Paul Strege – A23-1459
20.     Theodore C. Lockhart, Sr. vs. County of Hennepin, et al., James D. Verbrugge Public Capacity as Bloomington City Manager, James D. Verbrugge in Personal Capacity – A23-1556
Denied – Filed February 9, 2024
In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: B.D.D. and D.A.A., Parents– A23-1850
In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: C.B.C., A.D.W., Z.M.A. and L.T.D., Parents – A23-1888
In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: C.B.C. and L.T.D., Parents – A23-1889