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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, December 17, 2018



NO PUBLISHED OPINIONS FILED
 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, December 17, 2018

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



1.         A18-1012, A18-1024
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: D. H. and W. H., Sr., Parents (A18-1012)
            and In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: D. H., Mother (A18-1024).
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Lezlie Ott Marek.
 
2.         A18-0422
            Tad Ware & Company, Inc., Appellant, vs. Schwan's Home Service, Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.

3.         A18-0176
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Geovany Gonzalez Bernia, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Polk County District Court, Hon. Anne Marie Rasmusson.
 
4.         A18-1195
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: D. K., T. R., and D. J., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Mower County District Court, Hon. Kevin Siefken.

5.         A18-0097
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. C. M. B., Appellant.
            Reversed and Remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mark Kappelhoff.

6.         A17-1957
            Nicholas Johnson, et al., Appellants, vs. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.

7.         A18-1175
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Joe Nathaniel Givens.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.

8.         A17-1987
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Chris Becerra, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Patrick R Rohland.

9.         A18-0869
            Carl Green, d/b/a Signature Capital, assignee of Kiersa Notz, Appellant, vs. Stacey
            Bame, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bruce A. Peterson.

10.       A18-0584
            In re the Marriage of:  Rebekah Lynn Green, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Peter John
           Graffunder, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Pugh.

11.       A18-1167
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: C. L. H. and K. S. M., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Grant County District Court, Hon. Amy J. Doll.

12.       A18-0891
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Sahra Abdilahi Ahmed, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Stephanie L. Beckman.

13.       A18-0496
            Thomas A. Ruether, et al., Appellants, vs. Kathleen Mimbach Living Trust, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Vicki E. Landwehr.

14.       A18-0092
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jamere Gene Reese, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Richard H. Kyle, Jr.

15.       A17-1794
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. James Ernest Piere, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.

16.       A18-0911
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: C. R. T. and P. B. B., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Michele A. Davis.

17.       A18-0667
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Zhaokun Tong, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. David  J. Teneyck.

18.       A16-0993
            Barbara Faye Sproul, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. Eric J. Askegaard.

19.       A18-0427
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Matthew Harms, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Wabasha County District Court, Hon. Terrence M. Walters.

20.       A18-0150
            In re the Marriage of:  Laura Diane Hermer, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Lawrence James
            Cisek, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Thomas Fraser.

21.       A18-0476
            Andrew Carufel, et al., Appellants, vs. Minnesota Department of Public Safety, et al.,
            Respondents, Seven, Inc., d/b/a Smart Start, et. al., Defendants, Intoxalock,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. David C. Higgs.

22.       A18-0833
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  David Austin Russell.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Winona County District Court, Hon. Debra A. Jacobson.

23.       A18-0780
            Kurt William Sawyer, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. Janna M. Austad.

24.       A17-1992
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dwayne Andre Garner, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Douglas Bayley.

25.       A18-0649
            Paul Swartwood, Appellant, vs. Mark Fodness, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Shari R. Schluchter.

26.       A17-0173
            Brian Paul Keller, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. John Dehen.
 
* 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
December 17, 2018



1.         A17-0799
            Daryll Christian Strom, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Cook County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Cuzzo.

2.         A17-1627
            Shareef Najeeaullah Shaheed, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, 
           Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Patrick C. Diamond.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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