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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, May 23, 2016



A15-1328        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Chad Michael Nowacki, Appellant.
                         Swift County District Court, Hon. David L. Mennis.
            Because polygraph testing has not been proven reliable, polygraph test results are not admissible as substantive evidence of a probation violation in probation-revocation proceedings.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
 
 
A15-1058        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ralph Joseph Boecker, Appellant.
                         Dakota County District Court, Hon. M. Michael Baxter.
            A prior felony conviction of criminal vehicular operation under Minn. Stat. § 609.21, subd. 2a(2)(i) (1996), is a predicate felony under the first-degree driving while impaired statute, Minn. Stat. § 169A.24, subd. 1(3) (2014).
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, May 23, 2016

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



1.         A15-1473
            In re the Marriage of:  David Lee Christensen, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Kathryn Florence
            Kladek, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Ann McKeig.

2.         A15-1407
            Mark L. Kness, Appellant, vs. Judith M. Paulson, n/k/a Judith M. Cady, Respondent.
            Affirmed as modified.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Freeborn County District Court, Hon. Steven Schwab.

3.         A15-1365
            Ever Car Fuels, LLC, Relator, vs. Ken Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry,
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, Occupational Safety and Health Review
            Board, State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Occupational Safety and Health Review Board.

4.         A15-1169
            In the Matter of the Temporary Immediate Suspension of the Family Child Care License
            of Angie Mattison.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Department of Human Services.

5.         A15-0870
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Doan Meshell Engel, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey Bryan.

6.         A15-0954
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Elijah Emmanual Maddox, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Ann Offermann.

7.         A15-1949
            Alan B. Fish, P.A., Respondent, vs. Scott Janson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Roseau County District Court, Hon. Donna K. Dixon.

8.         A15-1419
            Bool Partners Limited Partnership, Respondent, vs. Jennifer Lensing, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.

9.         A15-1569
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Kenneth Steven Daywitt.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Kevin A. Lund.

10.       A15-0829
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Scott Jeffrey Hanson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Cottonwood County District Court, Hon. Christina M. Wietzema.

11.       A15-0836
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Johnathan Bernard Edwards, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher.

12.       A14-1807
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Larry Lee Hough, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Arlene Perkkio.

13.       A15-1518
            Sharon M. Nash, Relator, vs. Douglas Animal Hospital, Inc., Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Reversed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

14.       A15-1758
            Jullius Antwon Coleman, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Rosanne Nathanson.

15.       A15-1621
            James E. Williams, Respondent, vs. David L. Stussy, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Susan Robiner.

16.       A15-1887
            Gregg H. Johnson, Plaintiff, William Flies, et al., Appellants, vs. Township of Florence,
            Respondent, State of Minnesota, Defendant.
            Affirmed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Lawrence F. Clark.

17.       A15-1768
            Jovon Perez David, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Rosanne Nathanson.

18.       A15-1517
            Lee Xiong, Relator, vs. Water Gremlin Co. (Corp.), Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

19.       A15-0928
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Alphonse Reff, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Pugh.

20.       A15-1908
            Lucas Sanchez, Appellant, vs. St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services         
            Department, Respondent, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Mark A. Munger.

21.       A15-1585
            Cecilia Shaw, Relator, vs. First Advantage Background Services, Respondent, vs.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

22.       A15-0987
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Scott Richard Seelye, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. John G. Melbye.

23.       A15-1857
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  D.O., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nancy Brasel.

24.       A15-1599
            Arnold Fritzroy CoCo James, Jr., petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Nicollet County District Court, Hon. Todd W. Westphal.

25.       A15-1297
            Shannon Forstrom Walsh, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Martha M. Simonett.

26.       A15-0739
            In re the Matter of:  Eric Joseph Vacko, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Teri Ann Shults,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Douglas Meslow.

27.       A15-2009
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: S.E.N. and R.D.J., Jr., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Nobles County District Court, Hon. Gordon Moore, III.

28.       A15-1995
            Hope Amundsen, Respondent, vs. Great Glory Auto, Inc., Appellant, vs. Kehnny Alabi,
            et al., Defendants.
            Remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.

29.       A15-1767
            In re Kathryn M. Truscott f/k/a Kathryn M. Ranheim, Petitioner, Stacey A. McNeely,
            et al., Respondents, vs. Kathryn M. Truscott f/k/a Kathryn M. Ranheim, Petitioner,
            Heartland Information Services, Inc., d/b/a Heartland Investigative Group, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Writ granted.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Diane B. Bratvold.

30.       A15-1642
            Rojelio Castillo, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Teresa R. Warner.

31.       A15-1574
            State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, Respondent, vs. Joseph Otten, et al., Defendants,
            Paul Braun, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Walter Kaminsky.

32.       A15-1603
            Marsha Katherine Millonig, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger Klaphake.*
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Christopher J. Lehmann.
           
33.       A15-2047
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  P.A.S. and D.J.P., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            McLeod County District Court, Hon. Michael Savre.

34.       A15-1604
            William A. Statz and Kathryn L. Statz, as co-trustees for the next of kin of Friedrich
            Statz, Deceased, Appellants, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent, Anthony Simon,
            et al., Defendants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            Waseca County District Court, Hon. Larry M. Collins.       
 
* 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
May 23, 2016




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