Court of Appeals Opinions



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Appellate Courts will begin transmitting all notices, orders, and opinions electronically.

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.

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Published OpinionsBy 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, October 15, 2018



NO OPINIONS FILED
 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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.

UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS
FILED Monday, October 15, 2018

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2014)



1.         A18-0026
            In re the Marriage of:  Heidi Marie Owens, petitioner, Respondent, vs. James Allen
            Owens, Appellant, State of Minnesota, County of St. Louis, intervener, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Steven  J. Running.

2.         A18-0702
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: P. S., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Cottonwood County District Court, Hon. Christina M. Wietzema.

3.         A16-1515
            Rochester City Lines Co., Relator, vs. City of Rochester, et al., Respondents, First
            Transit, Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            City of Rochester.

4.         A18-0478
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  J. L. C., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Peter A. Cahill.

5.         A17-1645
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ararso Umare Mumad, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

6.         A18-0744
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: J. A. T. and R. N. V., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Kevin A. Lund.

7.         A17-1990
            In re the Marriage of:  Scott Douglas Wiggins, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Marjarie Marie
            Renteria Wiggins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. B. William Ekstrum.


8.         A17-1734
            North Country Tire and Auto, Inc., et al., Appellants, vs. David Leonard Anderson, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. David Harrington.

9.         A18-0821
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: S. F. and J. E., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Pipestone County District Court, Hon. Terry S. Vajgrt.

10.       A18-0290
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lynette Marie Robbins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Lyon County District Court, Hon. Michelle A. Dietrich.

 
* 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
October 15, 2018



1.         A16-0581
            Todd John Hendrickson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            McLeod County District Court, Hon. Richard C. Perkins.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

Opinion SetsOpinion 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, October 15, 2018

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

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