Court of Appeals Opinions



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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 Tuesday, February 19, 2019



A18-0624       In the Matter of the Application of:  Bradley Stephen Boone for a Change of Name.
                        Nicollet County District Court, Hon. Allison Krehbiel-Baskfield.
            In the absence of an objection by the prosecuting authority, a court may not deny a felon’s name-change petition on the basis of the factors set forth in Minn. Stat. § 259.13 (2018).
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge James B. Florey.

 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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 Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2018)



1.         A18-1161
            In re the Marriage of:  Maria Rothen, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Jason David Rothen,
            Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.

2.         A18-0656
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Vincent Edward Britton, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Fred Karasov.

3.         A18-1220
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Luis Alberto Bravomorales, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Stephen L. Smith.

4.         A18-0903
            Michael Noel, Relator, vs. Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

5.         A18-0661
            Certain Employees of the State of Minnesota, Minnesota Management and Budget,
            Relators, vs. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, Respondent, Minnesota Management and
            Budget, Respondent, Bureau of Mediation Services, Respondent.
            Affirmed; motions denied.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Bureau of Mediation Services.

6.         A18-0472
            Hailey Elisabeth Steele Daberkow, a minor, by and through her parents and natural
            guardians John Daberkow and Bernadette Steele, Respondent, vs. Anne Remer, f/k/a
            Anne Hummel, Respondent, American Family Mutual Insurance Company, intervenor,
            Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Steven A. Anderson.

7.         A18-0386
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Maurice Cairo Melancon, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

8.         A17-1874
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rick William Olsen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.

9.         A18-1016
            Mary K. Strauss, on behalf of her minor child, Finley Strauss, Appellant, vs. Michelle
            Kitsmiller, on behalf of her minor child, Elise Clifton, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Martha M. Simonett.

10.       A18-0617
            In re the Matter of the Maltreatment Appeal of Watta Yanor Kamara.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.

11.       A18-0389
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Corrie Alexander Peterson, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Lake County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Cuzzo.

12.       A18-0944
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Edward Eugene Dooley.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Thompson.

13.       A18-0588
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Thanantos Lee Ashing, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Ann M. Offermann.

14.       A18-1625, A18-1659
            In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: J. M. G. and R. L. W., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Bridgid E. Dowdal.

15.       A18-1088
            Brian Darr, et al., Respondents, vs. Brian Hilbrands, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. James J. Street.

16.       A18-0306
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Blayon Lawrence Yuoh, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.

17.       A18-0029
            In re the Marriage of:  NJK Holding Corporation, et al., Appellants, vs. Jibil Eftehar
            Kazeminy, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Edward Thomas Wahl.

18.       A18-0492
            Bobbi Vander Veer, Relator, vs. Autio Homes, Inc., Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

 
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
February 19, 2019



1.         A18-0726
            Aka Lawrence Fualefeh, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Barry A. Sullivan.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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