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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, August 22, 2016


A15-1566       Appeal of John Krenik to a Vehicle Abatement Order at 1270 Cleveland Avenue.
           
            St. Paul City Council.
            Minn. Stat. § 168.10, subd. 1e (2014), requires more than mere concealment of the aesthetic qualities of a vehicle stored outdoors in order for the vehicle to be "screened from ordinary public view."
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.


A16-0099
       David Anthony Janssen, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Respondent.
           
           Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judith  M. Tilsen.
            The issue of whether the test results used to obtain a driver's alcohol concentration were accurately evaluated is within the scope of an implied-consent hearing under Minn. Stat. § 169A.53, subd. 3(b)(10) (Supp. 2015), and Minn. Stat. § 169A.53, subd. 3(b)(8)(i) (Supp. 2015), providing that whether a driver's alcohol concentration was 0.08 or more at the time of testing is also within the scope of an implied-consent hearing, does not preclude the district court at an implied-consent hearing from considering the accuracy of test results over 0.08.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.


A15-0873
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ronald David Olson, Appellant.
           
            Wilkin County District Court, Hon. Gerald J. Seibel.
            The term "child" as defined by Minn. Stat. § 609.352, subd. 1(a) (2012), means a person who has not yet attained the age of 16.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.


A15-1547        650 North Main Association, Respondent, vs. Frauenshuh, Inc., (Territorial Springs Riverview, LLC, Frauenshuh Sweeney, LLC),
                        Appellants, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, Respondent, Doe Affiliates 1-20, et al., Defendants, and Kraus-Anderson
                        Construction Company, Defendant and Third Party Plaintiff, vs. Berwald Roofing Company, Inc., et al., Third Party Defendants.
           
             Washington County District Court, Hon. Gary R. Schurrer.
            I.   According to the plain language of the statute, a declarant-developer of a common interest community may be liable for breaching the implied warranties provided by Minnesota Statutes section 515B.4-113(b) (2014), even if the declarant does not cause the breach by its own actions, but only hires others whose actions breach the warranties.
            II.   A declarant-developer of a common interest community may be liable for breaching the implied warranties provided by Minnesota Statutes section 515B.4-113(b)(2), if a vendor-contractor hired by the declarant breaches the housing warranty provided by Minnesota Statutes section 327A.02, subd. 1(c) (2014), even if the vendor is exempt from liability due to lack of timely notice of the dwelling's defects.   
            III.   A district court's award of "costs of litigation" to a prevailing party under Minnesota Statutes section 515B.4-116(b) (2014) is not limited to only the costs and reasonable disbursements that the district court "shall" award to the prevailing party in a district court action under Minnesota Statutes sections 549.02 and 549.04 (2014).
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
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, August 22, 2016

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



1.         A15-1501
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeffrey Andrew Matiatos, Appellant.
            Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.

2.         A16-0189
            Robert P. Lindstrom, Appellant, vs. Progressive Direct Insurance Company, Respondent
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Mary E. Hannon

3.         A15-1508
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Cornelius Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Frederick L. Grunke.

4.         A16-0282
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  A. M. C., T. D. R., and A. J. J., Jr.,
            Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Stephen M. Halsey.

5.         A16-0351
            Joseph Bergeron, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Tom Roy, Commissioner of Corrections,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Richard Ilkka.

6.         A16-0036
            Mohamed Abdule Ahmed, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter.

7.         A15-1520
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Angela Tharnaa Hooks, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Diane R. Alshouse.

8.         A16-0270
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  S. S., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. James H. Clark, Jr.
           
9.         A15-2082
            Minnesota Workers' Compensation Assigned Risk Plan as administered by RTW, Inc.,
            Respondent, vs. Dimas Reyes, Respondent, Advanced Designs Siding and Roofing, Inc.,
            Appellant, L M G Construction, Inc., Respondent, Robert Garza, Jr., Respondent, Jose
            Luis Gonzalez-Cervantes, Respondent, Michelle Rivera, Respondent, Special
            Compensation Fund, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Freeborn County District Court, Hon. Steven Schwab.

10.       A16-0561
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Abigail Rae Trulson, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. M. Michael Baxter.

11.       A15-2080
            Joan Nichols, Respondent, vs. State of Minnesota Office of Secretary of State, et al.,
            Appellants.
            Reversed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. John H. Guthmann.

12.       A16-0086
            Kari Wynn Wahlstrom, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Eric David Wahlstrom, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. John C. Hoffman.

13.       A15-2066
            In the Matter of the Welfare of: A. J. E.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Judge Theresa Neo.

14.       A15-1886
            Mohrman, Kaardal & Erickson, P. A., f/k/a Mohrman & Kaardal, P. A., Respondent, vs.
            Gene Rechtzigel, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Tim D. Wermager.

15.       A15-1757
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Claude Monroe Washington, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bridget Sullivan.

16.       A15-1708
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Michael Kepner, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Christian S. Wilton.

17.       A15-1635
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert Jamal Poole, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

18.       A15-1942
            Environmental Trust, LLC, Respondent, vs. Hi-Tek Rubber, Inc., Defendant, Gordon
            Cell, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. James Dehn.

19.       A15-1940
            In re the Marriage of:  Anita Jurevica, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Margots Kapacs,
            Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Anne K. McKeig.

20.       A15-2035
            Dennis Bernard Freeman, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

21.       A15-1372
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert Lee Crum, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Judge Christina Kilbo Stevens.

22.       A16-0298
            Todd Johnson, Respondent, vs. Britta K. Anderson, as Personal Representative of the
            Estate of Donnabelle M. Johnson, decedent, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr..
            Cass County District Court, Hon. John E. DeSanto.

23.       A16-0050
            Debra Barrett, Relator, vs. Jourdain/Perpich Extended Care Facility, Inc., Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

24.       A15-2051
            Michael Paul Tulenchek-Armstrong, petitioner, Appellant, vs.  Commissioner of Public
            Safety, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Eric J. Askegaard.

25.       A15-2068
            The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee For The Certificateholders Of CWABS Inc.,
            Asset-backed Certificates, Series 2007-6, Respondent, vs. Alan G. Keiran, et al.,
            Appellants, Provincial Bank, et al, Defendants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Arlene Perkkio.

26.       A15-1808
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  A. G., Child.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Mower County District Court, Hon. Fred Wellmann.

27.       A15-1921
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jimmy Clyde Griffin, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Hilary L. Caligiuri.

28.       A16-0327
            In re the Matter of: Anne Ray Charitable Trust, a Minnesota charitable trust, under
            agreement dated August 20, 1996  and 
            In Re the Matter of: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation under agreement dated July 6, 2001
            Reversed.  Judge Stephen L. Muehlberg.**
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
** Retired judge of the district court, serving as judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals 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
August 22, 2016



1.         A15-1687
            Curtis Trude, et al., Appellants, vs. Mark Carrigan, Respondent.
            Dismissed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Meeker County District Court, Hon. Judge Stephanie L. Beckman.

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