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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, February 13, 2017



A16-0265       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jacob Michael McKinley, Appellant.                         
                        Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            A district court does not err when it sustains a for-cause challenge of a juror under Minn. R. Crim. P. 26.02, subd. 5(1)(1), because the juror is untruthful, evasive, or lacking in candor during voir dire and the court is satisfied that the juror cannot try the case impartially and without prejudice to the substantial rights of the challenging party.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.


A16-0770
       Pamela Maslowski, Respondent, vs. Prospect Funding Partners LLC, defendant, Prospect Funding Holdings LLC, Appellant.
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Laurie J. Miller.
            A district court does not abuse its discretion by refusing to enforce a forum-selection clause that is inconsistent with Minnesota's local interest against champerty.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.


A16-0698
       In re the Matter of:  Birch Benjamin Hansen, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Suzanne Christine Todnem, Respondent.
                        Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Colia Ceisel.
            I. When parents have a monthly combined parental income for child support (PICS) over $15,000, Minnesota Statutes section 518A.35, subdivision 1(e) (2016), does not require that the combined PICS be capped at $15,000 in order to calculate the presumed basic child support obligation. 
            II. While a district court may modify a parenting time arrangement if the modification is in the best interests of the child, the district court need not make explicit findings on all the best interests factors listed in Minnesota Statutes section 518.17, subdivision 1(a) (2016), if the proposed modification is insubstantial or a mere clarification.
            III. For purposes of calculating a parent's medical support obligation, the district court does not abuse its discretion by evaluating a medical insurance policy's deductibles and co-payments, in addition to monthly premium costs, when considering the policy's affordability.
            IV. The federal tax code does not prohibit the district court from allocating the federal dependency exemption to an unmarried parent who is not able to claim head of household status that taxable year.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.


 A16-0646      In the Matter of the Application of J. M. M. o/b/o Minors for a Change of Name.
                       Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Regina M. Chu.
            Minn. Stat. § 259.10, subd. 1 (2016), does not require an applicant-parent to provide notice of a name-change application filed on behalf of a minor child to a biological parent who does not have a legally recognized relationship with the child under the Minnesota Parentage Act, Minn. Stat. §§ 257.51-.74 (2016).
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.


A15-1991
       In re the Marriage of:  Joshua Ryan Beckendorf, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Jordana Leslie Fox, Appellant.
                       Scott County District Court, Hon. Maria  K. Pastoor.
            Evidence of prospective childcare expenses may constitute "documentation of child care expenses" for purposes of Minn. Stat. § 518A.40, subd. 3(a) (2016).
            Reversed and Remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
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, February 13, 2017

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


1.         A16-1577
            In re: Civil Commitment of Steven Merrill Hogy.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel

2.         A16-1280
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: L. R. and J. B., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Swift County District Court, Hon. David L. Mennis.

3.         A16-0512
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Galen Dale Littlewind, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Steven J. Cahill.

4.         A15-2092
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jesse Louis Puttbrese, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Robert G. Rancourt.

5.         A16-0887
            Ravy Nov, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Kathryn Davis Messerich.

6.         A16-0859
            Chrystal Gardner, Relator, vs. Community Action Duluth, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

7.         A16-0668
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Cory Anthony Klingelhoets, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Cook County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Cuzzo.

8.         A16-1390
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: L. D. F., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nancy Brasel.

9.         A16-0628
            Victor Christopher De Los Reyes, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Commissioner of Public
            Safety, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Mary A. Yunker.

10.       A16-0397
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gerald Exom, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Juan Hoyos.

11.       A16-0745
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ralph Joseph Thunder, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. Judge Janna M. Austad.

12.       A16-0982
            Elizabeth Rocco, et al., Respondents, vs. Imran Khan, defendant and third party plaintiff,
            Appellant, vs. Patrick J. Eastwood, et al., third party defendants, Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Robert Awsumb.

13.       A16-0395
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joseph Greene, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Joseph A. Bueltel.

14.       A16-0626
            In the Matter of the Athlete Agent Application of Donald Walthall.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Department of Commerce.

15.       A16-1353
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: A. S. and L. S., Jr., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Lyon County District Court, Hon. Michelle A. Dietrich.

16.       A16-1247
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kyle Jon Wilczek, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Aitkin County District Court, Hon. John R. Solien.

17.       A16-1240
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joseph Michael Galler, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Waseca County District Court, Hon. Larry M. Collins.

18.       A16-0959
            Vincent Rosetta, Respondent, vs. Quality Bicycle Products, Inc., Relator, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

19.       A16-0477
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Adam Blaine Davis, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Marshall County District Court, Hon. Judge Anne Marie Rasmusson.

20.       A16-1442
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: David Josef Lovejoy.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Polk County District Court, Hon. Kurt  J. Marben.

21.       A15-2037
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jack Warren Nomeland, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Pennington County District Court, Hon. Judge Anne Marie Rasmusson.

22.       A16-0641
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mohamed Adel Alwan, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Gina M. Brandt.

23.       A16-0789
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David William Reynolds, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Waldemar B. Senyk.

24.       A16-0604
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Bashir Abdullahi Farah, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Robert Birnbaum.

25.       A16-0473
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kevin Ryan, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Sean C. Gibbs.

26.       A16-0590
            In re the Matter of:  Verdell Fredrick Borth, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner,
            Minnesota Department of Human Services, et al., Respondents, Carver County, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Kevin W. Eide.

27.       A16-0294
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Noor Muhina Salim, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Krista J. Jass.



 
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 13, 2017



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NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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