Court of Appeals Opinions



IMPORTANT NOTICE

Appellate Courts will begin transmitting all notices, orders, and opinions electronically.

Beginning no later than July 1, 2011, the appellate courts will send notices, orders, opinions, and correspondence related to pending cases to attorneys in those cases by e-mail rather than postal mail.  All attorneys with pending appellate cases who have not already registered an e-mail address should do so immediately.  Unrepresented parties with pending appellate cases may also participate in this e-notification system by registering an e-mail address.  Please visit the Clerk of Appellate Courts page for instructions on how to register your e-mail address.
 

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.

NOTE: If you are having trouble accessing the tabs on your mobile device, you may view all Opinions on a single page.


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, July 24, 2017



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Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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, July 24, 2017

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



1.         A16-1863
            Kristina Greene, et al., Respondents, vs. Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, et al.,
            Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Robert Awsumb.

2.         A16-1571
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Eugene Tabaka, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Judge Amy R. Brosnahan.

3.         A16-2076
            Eldon Paul Koestler, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Faribault County District Court, Hon. Douglas L. Richards.

4.         A16-1809
            In re the Matter of:  Sari Rae Sheeley, n/k/a Sari Rae Moen, petitioner, Respondent, vs.
            James Harvey Sheeley, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Lawrence R. Johnson.

5.         A17-0378
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Alexander Mark Martinelli.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.

6.         A16-1709
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Sean Fitzgerald Pozzi, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Judge Patrick R Rohland.

7.         A16-1549
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Alvin Alexander Bonilla-Sanchez, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter.

8.         A16-1438
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gerald Michael Feran, II, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

9.         A16-1408
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ashley Shayia Lee, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Leonardo Castro.

10.       A16-1499
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Shane Kenneth Halverson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Judge Jennifer Fischer.

11.       A16-2060
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Johnathan Phillip Block, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Jenny Walker Jasper.

12.       A16-1958
            Daniel Onguenyi Nyagoko, petitioner, Respondent, vs. State of Minnesota, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Concurring specially, Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

13.       A16-1073
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. John Willis Netherton, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Judge Pamela King.

14.       A16-1610
            In re the Marriage of:  Robert David Stoffey, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Mari Lou
            Stoffey, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            Mower County District Court, Hon. Kevin Siefken.
 
* 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
July 24, 2017



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

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, July 24, 2017

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

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