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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.

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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, April 24, 2017



A16-1398       Laurie Jackson and Douglas Sorenson as Court Appointed Guardians on behalf of Michael Sorenson, Respondents,
                        vs. Options Residential, Inc., 
Appellant.
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Susan Robiner.
            Minnesota Statutes section 253B.23, subdivision 4 (2016), provides good-faith immunity only to causes of action that arise under the Minnesota Commitment and Treatment Act.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.


A16-0947
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lionel Lopez, Appellant.
                        Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Thompson.
            A motel room is a structure suitable for affording shelter for human beings, and is a "building" within the meaning of Minn. Stat. §§ 609.581, .582 (2014).
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Dissenting, Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.


A16-1538
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Bryan Lee Larson, Appellant          .
                        Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Nicole J. Starr.
            The term "carry" in Minnesota Statutes section 624.7142, subdivision 1, subsection 4 (2014), which prohibits carrying a pistol in a public place while under the influence of alcohol, includes transporting the pistol unloaded in an enclosed case.
            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Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, April 24, 2017

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



1.         A16-1625
            Kamal Elyas Maqadin, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

2.         A16-1574
            Bernard Doom, Relator, vs. County of Lyon, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Lyon County Administrator.

3.         A16-0974
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ardis Leann Copeman, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.

4.         A16-0935
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Benton County District Court, Hon. Michael S. Jesse.

5.         A15-0855
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Terry Lee Olson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Yellow Medicine County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Van Hon.

6.         A16-0803
            In the Matter of the Petition of CitiMortgage, Inc., a New York corporation, relating to
            Certificate of Title No. 1004362 for a new Certificate of Title after Mortgage Foreclosure.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Bruce D. Manning.

7.         A16-1237
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. J. W. L., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Ivy S. Bernhardson.

8.         A16-1066
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dashondra Webster, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Christian S. Wilton.

9.         A16-0927
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lamar King, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Gary J. Pagliaccetti.

10.       A16-1148
            In the Matter of:  Josephine Pearl Paul, petitioner, Respondent, vs. David Kevin Wittman,   Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathleen D. Sheehy.

11.       A16-1795
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: R. S., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. James H. Clark, Jr.

12.       A16-1721
            Isanti Pines Tree Farm, LLC, Appellant, vs. Arthur J. Swanson, Respondent, Julie A.
            Swanson, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. James Dehn.

13.       A16-0792
            In re the Marriage of:  Donald Wayne Leeke, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Susan Lynn Webb
            Leeke n/k/a Susan Lynn Leeke, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Martha M. Simonett.

14.       A16-1617
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Angela Tharnaa Hooks, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Diane R. Alshouse.

15.       A16-1536
            Accounts Receivable Servs. & Allina Health System, Respondents, vs. Michael C. Ojika,
            et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Margaret M. Marrinan.

16.       A16-1513
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Travis Lee Beyer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Donald  M. Spilseth.

17.       A16-1817
            In re: the Matter of the Removal of that Certain Building owned by Theodore R. Thull,
            said property known as 124 Fromm Circle, Granite Falls, Minnesota.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Chippewa County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Van Hon.

18.       A16-0945
            Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, Appellant, vs. Eden Prairie Presbyterian Church, Inc.
            d/b/a Prairie Community Church of the Twin Cities, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Diane B. Bratvold.

19.       A16-1147
            Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, Relator, vs. University of Minnesota,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            University of Minnesota.

20.       A16-0759
            In re the Marriage of:  David Joseph Williams, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Cheryl
            Constance Stevens Williams, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Phillip Carruthers.

21.       A16-1434
            Mark Molitor, Appellant, vs. Stephanie Molitor, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Karen Asphaug.

22.       A16-1695
            City Center Commons, LLC, Appellant, vs. DeSoto Associates, LLC, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Mary E. Hannon.

23.       A16-1224
            Kristin M. Schumacher, Respondent, Marian V. Swanson, intervenor, Respondent, vs.
            Terrence K. Swanson, Appellant, and Terrence K. Swanson, counterclaimant, Appellant,
            vs. Kristin M. Schumacher, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Lake County District Court, Hon Gary J. Pagliaccetti.

24.       A15-1964
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert Nicholas Heinze, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Susan Miles.

25.       A16-1822
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  James Allen Barber.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.

26.       A16-1244
            James F. Christie, Respondent, vs. Estate of Dilman Christie, et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge R. A. (Jim) Randall.*
            Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.
 
* 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
April 24, 2017



1.         A16-0795
            Billy Jean Sledge, Appellant, vs. Wings Financial, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Colleen G. King.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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