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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, June 29, 2015


A14-1605      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kevin Trent Johnson, Appellant.
          
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Eric Hylden.
           When accepting a Norgaard guilty plea, a district court should assure itself that there is a strong probability that the defendant would be found guilty of the crime to which he is pleading guilty but need not make an express finding on the record to that effect.
           Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.


A14-2022
      Patricia Briggs, individually and o/b/o Eddie Briggs, deceased, Respondent, vs.
                      Officer
Don Rasicot, individually and as a Crookston Police Department
                      Officer, et al., 
Appellants.
          
           Polk County District Court, Hon. Kurt  J. Marben.
           A police officer is not entitled to official immunity from liability for the decision to leave his unattended squad vehicle unlocked with its engine running, in violation of city ordinance and police department policy.
           Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, June 29, 2015

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


1.        A15-0090
           In re the Petition of:  C. G. M. and C. A. M. to Adopt J. J. H. M.
           Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Edward Wilson.

2.        A14-2098
           Craig Ecker, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
           Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Mark F. Hansen.

3.        A14-1985
           Kristen Harne, et al., Appellants, vs. State of Minnesota, et al., Respondents.
           Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Robert Awsumb.

4.        A14-1924
           In the Matter of the Denial of the Child Foster Care License Application of Jennifer
           Gaffaney and Kenneth Hoffman.
           Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
           Minnesota Department of Human Services.

5.        A14-1844
           Christopher Eugene Wheeler, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
           Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Richard A. Zimmerman.

6.        A14-1628
           Kristine Benton, Appellant, vs. Tom Hedine, et al., Respondents.
           Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
           Douglas County District Court, Hon. Ann L. Carrott.

7.        A13-0508
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brian J. Machacek, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
           Concurring specially, Judge David Minge.
           Steele County District Court, Hon. Casey J. Christian.

8.        A14-2171
           Lyon Financial Services, Inc., Respondent, vs. Arjang Miremadi, M. D., Inc., et al.,
           Appellants.
           Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
           Lyon County District Court, Hon. Michelle A. Dietrich.

9.        A14-1409
           Barbara Peterson, Appellant, vs. HealthEast Woodwinds Hospital, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.

10.      A14-1994
           Souhsiung Jack Chiu, Appellant, vs. Timbershore Home Owners' Association,
           Respondent.
           Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
           Dakota County District Court, Hon. Martha M. Simonett.

11.      A14-1980
           David Charles Widmer, et al., Appellants, vs. Dallas Jacob Albertson, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
           Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Leonard A. Weiler.

12.      A14-1407
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Matthew Aaron Aldrich, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Janet N. Poston.

13.      A14-1974
           Tanya Jacobs, Relator, vs. Department of Employment and Economic Development,
           Respondent.
           Affirmed as modified.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
           Department of Employment and Economic Development.

14.      A14-1529
           The Janice Kaunas Samsing Revocable Trust, et al., Respondents, vs. Arthur D. Walsh,
           Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
           Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.

15.      A14-1297
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Earl Anthony Fry, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Margaret H. Chutich.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Robert M. Small.

16.      A14-1022
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Melissa Jill Thompson, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Margaret H. Chutich.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya Mozell Bransford.

17.      A15-0218, A15-0326
           In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Kenneth Raymond Newlin.
           Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.
           Aitkin County District Court, Hon. John R. Solien.

18.      A14-1465
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Undra Lewis Harrell, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Robert M. Small.

19.      A15-0193
           In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  John Joseph Kotowski.
           Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
           Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Tim D. Wermager.

20.      A14-1887
           In the Matter of the Welfare of:  D. A. K., Child.
           Reversed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
           Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Bradley C. Walker.

21.      A14-1552
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Alondre Ramone Davis, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.

22.      A14-1567
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Logan Nicholas Clay, Appellant.
           Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
           Stearns County District Court,  Hon. John H. Scherer.

23.      A14-1319
           State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jason Lamont Armstrong, Appellant.
           Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Patrick C. Diamond.

24.      A14-1903
           In re the Matter of:  Brian Hirabayashi, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Chantha Sorn,
            Respondent, County of Dakota, intervenor, Respondent.
           Remanded.  Judge Terri J. Stoneburner.*
           Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Shawn M. Moynihan.

 

 
* 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
June 29, 2015


1.        A14-1637
           Justin Birchem, Relator, vs. Minnesota Transitions Charter School, Respondent
           Writ discharged.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
           Minnesota Transitions Charter School.

2.        A15-0320
           Ryan Holman, Relator, vs. Globaloptions Services, Inc., Respondent,
           Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
           Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
           Department of Employment and Economic Development.

3.        A14-2159
           David Kenneth Christian, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
           Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
           Mower County District Court, Hon. Kevin Siefken.

 
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.

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