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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, June 29, 2020


A19-1421        Vermillion State Bank, Respondent, vs. Tennis Sanitation, LLC, Appellant.         
                         Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.                  
            1.         The preponderance of the evidence standard applies to prove the existence of an alleged oral contract for the purchase of the assets of a business.
            2.         Under Minnesota’s version of the Uniform Commercial Code (the UCC), Minn. Stat. §§ 336.1-101 to .10-105 (2018), the predominant-factor test applies to hybrid contracts involving the sale of goods and non-goods, and its application to a particular contract is a question of law.
            3.         Minnesota’s statutory provision governing the award of postjudgment interest, Minn. Stat. § 549.09, subd. 1(c)(1)-(2) (2018), does not violate equal protection.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
 
 
A19-1706        Safeco Insurance Company, Appellant, vs. Holmgren Building Repair, Inc.,
                        Respondent.   
                        Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. David L. Mennis.               
            I.          To extend the one-year deadline to file an action with the district court, a party must satisfy all five requirements contained in rule 5.04(a) of the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure. 
            II.        A stipulation that does not contain explicit language extending the one-year filing deadline is inadequate under rule 5.04(a) of the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
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, June 29, 2020

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


1.         A19-1587
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Aldray Devon Young, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Douglas Bayley.
 
2.         A19-0013
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Yamieyefa Goldpin Ekiyor, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.
 
3.         A19-2012
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lysa Kaye Conner, Appellant.
            Reversed; motion granted.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Earl E. Maus.
 
4.         A19-1650
            Song Sibell, Relator, vs. U. S. Postal Service, Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.
 
5.         A19-1976
            Karen Mattinen, Appellant, vs. Linda Kari, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Pine County District Court, Hon. Heather Wynn.
 
6.         A19-1252
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Terrance Sigler, Appellant.
            Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Fritz.
 
7.         A19-1783
            Dane Limited LLC, Respondent, vs. Teflon Edwards, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nelson L. Peralta.
 
8.         A19-1779
            Samantha Magdalena Hansen, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Richard Bradley Hansen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Christian M. Sande.
 
9.         A19-1628
            Sara Corinne Kysylyczyn, Appellant, vs. Teresa MacNabb, Respondent, John Michael
            Kysylyczyn, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher.
 
10.       A19-1831
            Kathryn Marie Larson, On behalf of Minor Child, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Keith Norman Marohn, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. John D. Klossner.
 
11.       A19-0861
            Susan Kelly Lynn, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Christopher James Greenfield, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Charlene Hatcher.
 
12.       A19-2015
            Minnkota Architectural Products Co., Inc., Respondent, vs Rice Lake Construction Group, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Christopher J. Strandlie.
 
13.       A19-1980
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rashad Ramon Ivy, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher.
 
14.       A19-1161
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Juanel Anthony Mikulak, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.
 
15.       A19-2098
            Shawn O'Toole, Relator, vs. Wings Financial Credit Union, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

16.       A19-1305
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jessica Lynne Dahlgren, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Bridgid E. Dowdal.
           
17.       A19-1231
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jason John Gascoigne, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Lawrence F. Clark.
 
18.       A20-0002
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: B. M. M. and K. J. D., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Pine County District Court, Hon. Krista K. Martin.
 
19.       A19-1144
            Frank Timothy Newton, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Leonardo Castro.
 
20.       A19-0960
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Suvwe Peter Ighovojah, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. George Stephenson.
 
21.       A19-1352
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Aretina Tiaira Williams, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.
 
22.       A19-2043
            Nick Kossick, Respondent, vs. DiamondRock Development L.L.C., et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Tammy L Merkins.
 
23.       A20-0188
            In re Welfare of Child of B. E. M. and J. M. M., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.*
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Matthew M. Quinn.
           
24.       A19-1217
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kristoffer Marshall Anderson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Tanya O'Brien.
           
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* 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
June 29, 2020


1.         A19-1667
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eduardo Delariva-Larios, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Patrick C. Diamond.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, June 29, 2020

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