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.

NOTE: If you are having trouble accessing the tabs on your mobile device, you may view all Opinions on a single page.


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 20, 2018



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Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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 Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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



1.         A17-0967
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Fardowsa Mohamed, DBA Hope Alliance Health
            Care, Inc., Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Nicole J. Starr.

2.         A17-1269
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  S. C. D. and H. L. D., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Lois  J. Lang.

3.         A17-0959
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  S. A., Child.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Kurt D. Johnson.

4.         A17-0561
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Benyamin Abner Israel, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and vacated in part.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Judge Jennifer Fischer.

5.         A17-1122
            In the Matter of the Welfare of: B. S. L., Child.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Freeborn County District Court, Hon. Judge Carol M. Hanks.

6.         A17-0871
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Noe Hugo Toscano, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Marshall County District Court, Hon. Kurt  J. Marben.

7.         A17-1372
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Mary Elizabeth Dunn, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Mark Ireland.

8.         A17-0782
            In re the Matter of:  Joseph Loren Conner, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Jakklyn Marie
            Netland, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Edward Thomas Wahl.
 
9.         A17-0235
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ahmed Abdirahim Abdi, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.

10.       A17-1366
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Jerad Michael Whitford, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Morrison County District Court, Hon. Judge Douglas P. Anderson.

11.       A17-0709
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ryan Michael Beach, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Judge Kristine R. DeMay.

12.       A17-0952
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kenneth Bernard Smith, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Judge Andrew R Pearson.

13.       A17-0636
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ryan Lloyd Pogatchnik, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge R. A. (Jim) Randall.*
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Judge Donald  M. Spilseth.
 
 
* 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
February 20, 2018



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

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 Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

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