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.

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.

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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, July 25, 2016



A15-1943       Jason Daniel Gustafson, Relator, vs. Commissioner of Human Services, Respondent.
           
           Minnesota Department of Human Services.
            Subdivision 3(a) of section 245C.15 of the Minnesota Statutes, which provides that a person is disqualified from a program licensed by the department of human services for ten years after "the discharge of the sentence imposed," applies only to a person who is disqualified because of a criminal conviction.  Subdivision 3(e) of section 245C.15, which provides, among other things, that a person is disqualified for ten years after "the date the Alford Plea is entered in court," applies only to a person who is disqualified because of a judicial proceeding that does not result in a criminal conviction.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, July 25, 2016

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



1.         A16-0166
            Michael John Frank, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Eric J. Askegaard.

2.         A15-1392, A15-1882
            Sheehy Construction Company, Respondent, vs. City of Centerville, Appellant
            (A15-1392, A15-1882), Kurt B. Glaser and Smith & Glaser, LLC, Appellants
            (A15-1882).
            Affirmed; motion granted.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks,
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Kristin C. Larson.
 
3.         A15-0986
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Bruce Rostie, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Robert Birnbaum.

4.         A15-1982
            Steven T. Meister, M. D., et al., Appellants, John Does, et al., Plaintiffs, vs.  Avera
            Marshall d/b/a Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Respondent, John Roes, et al.,
            Defendants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Lyon County District Court, Hon. Michelle A. Dietrich.

5.         A15-1876
            Sharon Anderson, Relator, vs. YUM Design, LLC, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

6.         A15-1470
            In the Matter of the Appeal by Kind Heart Daycare, Inc. of the Order of License
            Revocation and the Appeal by Yasmin Muhina Salim of the Disqualification
            Determination.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Minnesota Department of Human Services.

7.         A15-1197
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eric Jon Larcom, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Judge Jennifer Fischer.

8.         A16-0182
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ricardo Kletschka, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Joseph A. Bueltel.

9.         A15-1987
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brian Albert Lacey, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Judge Paul Benshoof.

10.       A15-1801
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. William Lee Hutchins, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Nicollet County District Court, Hon. Todd William Westphal.

11.       A15-1210
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Philip Lee Carlson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Peter A. Cahill.

12.       A15-1903
            Leonard James Fisherman, Jr., petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Jon A. Maturi.

13.       A15-1751
            Jessica Kelly, as Trustee for the heirs and next-of-kin of Richard Roy Washburn,
            Deceased, Respondent, vs. Kraemer Construction, Inc., Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Dissenting. Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. David M. Johnson.

14.       A15-1173
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Aaron Louis Olson, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Ellen  L. Maas.

15.       A15-2033
            First American Title Insurance Company, Respondent, vs. Wayne B. Holstad, et al.,
            Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Richard C. Ilkka.

16.       A15-1823
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Brian William Meger, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Christian S. Wilton.

17.       A15-1999
            Pastor David Bacon, et al., Appellants, vs. Board of Pensions of the Evangelical Lutheran
            Church in America (d/b/a Portico Benefit Services), Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Ronald L. Abrams.

18.       A15-1812
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Donald Kalib John Nichols, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

19.       A15-1352
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Cornelius Kinte Payton, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Kris Davick-Halfen.

20.       A15-1259
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Blake Adam Schneider, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Walter Kaminsky.

21.       A15-1219
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Virginia Marie Carlson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Peter A. Cahill.

22.       A16-0217
            Alysa Zimmerle, Appellant, vs. X-Pole USA, LLC, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Mary E. Hannon.
 
 
* 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
July 25, 2016



1.         A15-1972
            Louis Ambrose, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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