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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, January 22, 2018



A17-0788       Shannon Long, Relator (A17-0788), vs. Independent School District No.  332, Mora, Minnesota, Respondent (A17-0788),
A17-0903       and Laurie Erickson, Relator A17-0903), vs. Independent School District No. 12, Centennial, Minnesota, Respondent (A17-0903).
                        Independent School District No. 12, Centennial.
                        Independent School District No. 332.
            The unambiguous language of Minn. Stat. § 122A.40, subd. 5 (2016), provides that a teacher who completes three consecutive years of teaching in a single Minnesota school district is entitled to a one-year probationary period in each subsequent Minnesota school district, not in a city of the first class, in which the teacher is later employed.
            Reversed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.


A17-0861
       In re the Marriage of: James Edward Cook, II, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Hitomi Arimitsu, Appellant.
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Nicole A. Engisch.
            I.   Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, a court has home-state jurisdiction to make an initial child-custody determination if the state was the home state of the child within six months before the commencement of the proceeding, and the child is absent from the state but a parent or person acting as a parent continues to live in this state.  Further, if a child is not in what would otherwise be the child's home state, the six-month period within which a parent can commence a custody proceeding in the state does not begin to run until that parent has reason to recognize the permanency of the child's absence from the state.  
            II.   Substantial compliance with the notice requirements of Minn. Stat. § 518D.305 (2016) is sufficient to allow a Minnesota district court to confirm the registration of a foreign custody determination.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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, January 22, 2018

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



1.         A17-0205
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ronald James Meyer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Leonardo Castro.

2.         A17-0756
            John Kalenberg, et al., Appellants, vs. Steingart, McGrath & Moore, P.A., Respondent,
            Terrance W. Moore, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Kathleen A. Mottl.

3.         A17-0391
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Guy Robert Franklin Rabold, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Eric Hylden.

4.         A17-0948
            Steven Michael Wenzel, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Reversed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Edward W. Bearse.

5.         A17-0924
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Qumari Kenneth Spencer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

6.         A17-0880
            In the Matter of the Estate of:  Prince Rogers Nelson, Decedent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Kevin W. Eide.

7.         A17-1112
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: N. E. R. and W. G. R., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Fritz.

8.         A17-0719
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Davante Atkins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Debra A. Jacobson.

9.         A17-0958
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  R. L. W. and S. F. M., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Eric Hylden.
 
10.       A17-0365
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jesse Lamee Motley, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Martin County District Court, Hon. Judge Michael D. Trushenski.

11.       A17-1171
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: V. V. B. and I. I. L., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr..
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Jenny Walker Jasper.

12.       A17-0136
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Danny Lee Zinski, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Judge B. William Ekstrum.

13.       A17-0123
            In re:  Estate of Loretta M. Chisholm, Decedents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Steven J. Cahill.

14.       A17-0589
            Jeremy Richard Ullrich, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Dissenting, Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Senior Judge Bradley C. Walker.

15.       A17-0575
            Donald Dean Oberfoell, individually and Do-Bid Holdings, LLC, d/b/a Do-Bid Online
            Auctions, Appellants, vs. Bartley Nathaniel Kyte, a/k/a Bart Kyte, individually and d/b/a
            2 Rivers Auctions, LLC, and d/b/a 2riversauctions.com, Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. James B. Florey.

16.       A17-0913
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  T. D. B., Juvenile.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Judge Suzanne Bollman.

17.       A17-0148
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeriod David Knerr, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Nancy J. Logering.
 
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
January 22, 2018



1.         A17-0820
            State of Minnesota ex rel., Neighbors for East Bank Livability, et al.,
            Appellants, vs. City of Minneapolis, Respondent, Alatus, LLC, Respondent.
            Dismissed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel C. Moreno.

2.         A17-0905
            Laurice Shantalle Osby, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, January 22, 2018

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