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.

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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, November 28, 2016




NO PUBLISHED 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Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, November 28, 2016

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



1.         A16-0524
            Nikol Dowls, Relator, vs. Select Comfort Retail Corporation, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

2.         A15-1191
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Yahye Elmi Abdisalan, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

3.         A16-0976
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Joshua David Gehloff, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Winona County District Court, Hon. Judge Mary C. Leahy.

4.         A16-0722
            Gary Otremba, Appellant, Heidi L. Moegerle, Appellant, vs. City of East Bethel, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Concurring specially, Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Lawrence R. Johnson.

5.         A15-1805
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Yachin Kadimel Scott, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.

6.         A16-0181
            Luis Gerardo Garcia Urbano, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Yellow Medicine County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Van Hon.
 
7.         A16-1037
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: D. K. P., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Judge Karen R Duncan.

8.         A15-1907
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Paul Harvey McGee, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Peter A. Cahill.

9.         A16-0123
            In re Decision to Deny Contested Case Hearing on Little Rock Creek Study.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

10.       A15-0580
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael David Kochevar, Appellant.
            Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

11.       A16-0487
            M. J. E. B., petitioner, Respondent, vs. A. L. n/k/a A. T., Respondent, E. G., Appellant,
            C. L., Respondent Below, Ramsey County, intervenor, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Sara R Grewing.

12.       A16-0721
            Charles Kwadzo Sokpa-Anku, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.

13.       A15-1829
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Abass Warsame Mumin, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Judge Mary B. Mahler.
 
14.       A15-1511
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Andrew Russell Severtson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy  M. Smith.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Debra A. Jacobson.

15.       A16-0849
            Julie Childs, Appellant, vs. Fairview Health Services, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel C. Moreno.

16.       A16-0936
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert Neil Ackland, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Freeborn County District Court, Hon. Ross L. Leuning.
 
* 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
November 28, 2016



1.         A16-0234
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mathew Brian Beckstrand, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Cook County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Cuzzo.

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, November 28, 2016

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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