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Court of Appeals Opinions



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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.

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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, March 30, 2020



A19-0415        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lawrence Bernard Nowels, Appellant.       
                          Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Patrick C. Diamond.
            Under Minnesota Statutes section 609.035, subdivisions 1, 3 (2016), a district court cannot convict and sentence a defendant for being an ineligible person in possession of both a firearm and ammunition in violation of Minnesota Statutes section 624.713, subdivision 1(2) (2016), when the defendant possesses a single loaded firearm.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
 


SPECIAL TERM OPINION 

 
A20-0076        In re Jeffrey Krogstad, M.D., et al., Petitioners, Darrel Manselle, Respondent, vs. Jeffrey Krogstad, M.D. et al., Petitioners.
                         Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Melissa Listug.
            When a tort action is brought in a county in which at least one defendant resides, a
change of venue is not required under Minn. Stat. § 542.10 (2018), allowing “several
defendants residing in different counties” to unite in demanding a change of venue, if there
are only two defendants, because “several” is generally defined as more than two.
            Writ denied.  Chief Justice Edward J. Cleary.
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, March 30, 2020

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2018)



1.         A18-0352
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Daniel Negase Asefaw, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Lisa K. Janzen.

2.         A19-0840
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Johnny Clifton Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Waseca County District Court, Hon. Carol M. Hanks.

3.         A19-0638
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Zachariah Steven Marczak, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Patrick R Rohland.

4.         A19-0496
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lee Andrew Bolton, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

5.         A19-1723
            In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: S. J. K. and D. J. L., Jr., Parents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Big Stone County District Court, Hon. Amy J. Doll.

6.         A19-1257
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lee Daniel Williams, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.

7.         A19-0939
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joshua Bernard Smith, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.

8.         A19-1190
            Jon Dennis LaRoque, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. George Stephenson.

9.         A19-0669
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. James Allen Buck, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Rodney Hanson.
 
10.       A19-1410
            Christopher Lee Holloway, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.

11.       A19-0759
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeffrey Alan McRaven, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Lois R. Conroy.

12.       A19-1250
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. T. K. S., Defendant, Peter J. Nickitas, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. John Dehen.

13.       A19-0751
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ellric Alfred Giroux, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Big Stone County District Court, Hon. Amy J. Doll.

14.       A19-1781
            In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: T. T. and T. Z., Sr., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Mark Edward Betters.

15.       A19-1135
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeffery Robert Kampsula, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Kevin Miller.

16.       A19-0482
            John Edward Warrington, Respondent, vs. Karen Lee Warrington, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bridget Sullivan.

17.       A19-0639
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. John Ray Williams, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.*
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. David C. Higgs.
 
 
* 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
March 30, 2020



1.         A19-1088
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Thomas Wayne Evenstad, Appellant.
            Remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. George Stephenson.

2.         A19-1463
            Steven Lynn Oppel, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Sally Tarnowski.

3.         A19-1478
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jermaine Deangelo Jefferson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Shereen Askalani.
 

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 Monday, March 30, 2020

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