Court of Appeals Opinions



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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.

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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, July 9, 2018



A17-1158       Christensen Law Office, PLLC, Appellant (A17-1158), Respondent (A17-1320),  vs. Daniel Olean, Respondent (A17-1158), ,
A17-1320       Appellant (A17-1320), Daniel L. Blees,
Respondent (A17-1320).
           
           Pine County District Court, Hon. Heather Wynn.
            An attorney lien under Minn. Stat. § 481.13 (2016) does not attach to a client's homestead property unless the attorney has obtained a valid waiver of that client's homestead exemption under Minn. Stat. § 510.05 (2016).
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.

 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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 9, 2018

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



1.         A17-1817
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mark Thomas McGowan, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Mary B. Mahler.

2.         A17-1631
            Anthony Strickland, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter.

3.         A17-1198
            Antoinette Kafui Totimeh, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Clement Olertey Totimeh,
            Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Cynthia McCollum.

4.         A18-0145
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Adam Howard Torke.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. David L. Mennis.

5.         A17-1901
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  A. I. Q., Child.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bruce D. Manning.

6.         A17-1225
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Roland Eugene Smith, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Steven A. Anderson.

7.         A17-2069
            Anand Kannan, Appellant, vs. Praveen Prabhakaran, Respondent, Vadivazhagi Kannan,
            Defendant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Michael K. Browne.

8.         A18-0377
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Jennifer Marie Rosenbush, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Jerome B. Abrams.

9.         A17-1989
            Shane Reasner, Appellant, vs. Ross Goldsmith, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.

10.       A17-1232
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Casimir Robert Krithers, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Dale O. Harris.

11.       A17-0938
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Erik Walden Narveson, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Christina Kilbo Stevens.

12.       A17-0079
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Steven Brian Bashans, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            McLeod County District Court, Hon. Terrence E. Conkel.

13.       A17-1390
            In re the Custody of A. M. W., Kelly James Wadsen, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Jennifer
            Maggie Rosenthal, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. John Dehen.

14.       A17-1241
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Richard Dominguez, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Joseph A. Bueltel.

15.       A17-1310
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kevin Bernard Thompson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Pine County District Court, Hon. Krista K. Martin.

16.       A17-1911
            Esteban Trevino, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Donald  M. Spilseth.

17.       A17-1644
            Earl Anthony Fry, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya Mozell Bransford.

18.       A17-1566
            Melvin Bilbro, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kerry Meyer.

19.       A17-1270
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. William Lee Carter, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Richard C. Ilkka.

20.       A17-1601
            Jody L. Wiza, d/b/a Shack Bar, LLC, Relator, vs. City Council of the City of Dover,
            Minnesota, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            City of Dover.

21.       A17-1508
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Thomas Brian Sobtzak, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr..
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Korey D. Wahwassuck.

22.       A17-1034
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Nathan Lee Adams, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Thomas D. Hayes.

23.       A17-1192
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Geoffrey Robinson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.

24.       A17-0760
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Yassin Ali Abdi, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Robert Birnbaum.

25.       A17-1588
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeremy David Dickey, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Gretchen Thilmony.

 
 
* 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 9, 2018



1.         A17-1770
            Troy K. Scheffler, Appellant, vs. Bear Claw Construction, LLC, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Nancy J. Logering.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, July 9, 2018

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