Court of Appeals Opinions



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Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday.

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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 2, 2016




A15-1711       Scott Peterson, Appellant, Roger Smith, Plaintiff, vs. City of Minneapolis,
                        Minnesota, Respondent.
           
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Hon. Frank J. Magill, Jr.
            A human resources complaint process may qualify as a "dispute resolution process" under Minnesota Statutes section 363A.28, subdivision 3 (2014) and toll the running of the Minnesota Human Rights Act's one-year statute of limitations.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.


A15-1628
      NJK Holding Corporation, Respondent, vs. The Araz Group, Inc., Appellant.                         
                       Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Thomas Fraser.
            A promise to forgive debt is a credit agreement within the meaning of Minn. Stat. § 513.33 (2014) and requires a writing to be enforceable.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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 2, 2016

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



1.         A15-1193
            Mark Jeffrey Koelndorfer, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.

2.         A15-1620
            In re the Civil Commitment of:  Aron Michael VanWagner.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Spencer  J. Sokolowski.

3.         A15-1305, A15-1308
            Autumn Ridge Landscaping, Inc., Relator, vs. Department of Employment and Economic
            Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.
 
4.         A15-0930
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joshua Brandon Cochran, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Cynthia McCollum.

5.         A15-0875
            Viele Contracting, Inc., Appellant, vs. Performance Pipelining, Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Eric Hylden.

6.         A15-0853
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joshua Scott Leithe, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

7.         A15-0640
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeremy Williams, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Gina M. Brandt.

8.         A15-1195
            Julius Antwon Coleman, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.

9.         A15-0860
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jose Antonio Diaz-Arreguin, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

10.       A15-1644
            Monda Thao, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Teresa R. Warner.

11.       A15-0885
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Nammoun Khampanya, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nicole A. Engisch.
 
12.       A15-1717
            Lifespan of Minnesota, Inc., Respondent, vs. Minneapolis Public Schools, Special School
            District No. 1, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Margaret M. Marrinan.

13.       A15-1236
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Walter Wayne Urban, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Judge Patrick R Rohland.

14.       A15-1315
            Randal V. Johnson, et al., Respondents, vs. Robert A. Fischer, Appellant, County of
            Sibley, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Sibley County District Court, Hon. Judge Timothy J. Looby.

15.       A15-1839
            Renee Rodgers, Relator, vs. Children's Dental Services, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

16.       A15-1670
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  B. A. H., Child.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Debra A. Jacobson.

17.       A15-1553
            Kjellberg's, Inc., et al., petitioners, Appellants, vs. State of Minnesota, by its
            Commissioner of Transportation, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Michele A. Davis.

18.       A15-1040
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Erik Demetrius White, Sr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Sally Tarnowski.

19.       A15-1420
            North Star Mutual Insurance Company, Respondent, vs. Julie Joy Kruger, as trustee for
            the heirs and next of kin of Todd Michael Kruger, Appellant, Michael Allen Dahl, et al.,
            Defendants.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Pipestone County District Court, Hon. Terry S. Vajgrt.

20.       A15-0968
            Gordon Dodge, Appellant, vs. Charlotte Stack, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.

21.       A15-1403
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  N. P. S.
            Remanded.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Lyon County District Court, Hon. Leland Bush.
 
22.       A15-1311
            Martin Bell, et al, Appellants, vs. Leonard Street and Deinard Professional Association,
            et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Bruce D. Manning.

23.       A15-0917
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Hobart Alvin Huffman, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Judge Paul Benshoof.

24.       A15-1375
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gregory Thomas Wandzel, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Jonathan Neal Jasper.

25.       A15-1256
            Freddie Lee Jenkins, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.
 
* 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 2, 2016




NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED

 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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