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 16, 2018



A17-1938       Kim Verhein, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Emily Johnson Piper, Commissioner of  the Minnesota Department of Human Services,
                        Respondent, Washington County Community Services, Respondent.
           
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Susan Miles.
            A condition of random drug testing within Minnesota Statutes section 256D.024, subdivision 1(a) (2016), for receipt of benefits under chapter 256D, applies to persons who become eligible for benefits during the five-year period following completion of a court-ordered sentence for a qualifying drug crime and does not extend beyond the five-year period.
            Reversed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Dissenting, Judge Matthew E. Johnson.


A18-0130
       In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Thomas Ray Duvall.
A18-0132       Supreme Court Appeal Panel.
            On appeal, we review a judicial appeal panel's order granting provisional discharge for clear error.  We will not reverse the panel's provisional discharge unless the party opposing discharge proves by clear and convincing evidence that the provisional discharge should be denied.
            Affirmed.  Judge R. A. (Jim) Randall.*
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10. 
 
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 16, 2018

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



1.         A18-0230
            Tom Borchardt, et al., Relators, vs. City of North Branch, Respondent, North Branch
            Municipal Water and Light Commission, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            City of North Branch.

2.         A17-1795
            Jennifer Smith, individually and as parent and natural guardian of Zoeie Meister, a minor,
            Appellant, vs. Patricia J. Holloman, Respondent, Jaimarie Meister, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Janet L. Barke and  Hon. Kevin W. Eide.

3.         A17-1571
            In the Matter of Sharon Beth Johnson, APRN-CNP, RN RN License No. 197878-8
            APRN  License No. 3516.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Minnesota Board of Nursing.

4.         A17-1858
            In re the Marriage of:  Danielle M. Kerr, n/k/a Danielle M. Dubois, petitioner,
            Respondent, vs. Jonathan R. Kerr, Appellant,
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Joseph T. Carter.

5.         A17-1335
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ronald Duane Rossetti, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Meeker County District Court, Hon. Stephanie L. Beckman.

6.         A17-1455
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Grant David Hendrickson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Mayer.

7.         A18-0027
            Larson Ventures, Inc., Appellant, vs. Jason P. Hoffman, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Kevin F. Mark.

8.         A17-1031
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Ruben Lucero, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Jay D. Carlson.

9.         A17-1846
            Production Stamping, Inc., Respondent, vs. Wurm Partnership, LLP, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Catherine McPherson.

10.       A17-1457
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Corey Edward Fisherman, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Stephen L. Smith.

11.       A18-0240
            In re the Civil Commitment of:  Arthur Dale Senty-Haugen.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.
 
12.       A17-1573
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ahmed Lafta Abduljabbar, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Ronald L. Abrams.

13.       A17-1248
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Larry Gene Lester, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Waseca County District Court, Hon. Carol M. Hanks.

14.       A17-1222
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Richard Thomas Bandow, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. B. William Ekstrum.

15.       A17-1216
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Vondale Lamar Kincaide, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey D. Thompson.

16.       A18-0166
            Maria Olson, et al., Appellants, vs. Christenson Law Office, PLLC, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kevin S. Burke.

17.       A17-1493
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Philip Anthony Zehrer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Donald  M. Spilseth.

18.       A17-1931
            Joseph C. Honrud, et al., Respondents, vs. D. Peter LaCount, Appellant
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Benson G. Benson.
 
* 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 16, 2018



1.         A16-0977
            Brandon Taylor Fox, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Commissioner of Public
            Safety, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Dennis  J. Murphy.


 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, July 16, 2018

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