Court of Appeals Opinions



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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, September 24, 2018



A18-0207       In the Matter of a Petition by Qwest Corporation dba CenturyLink QC for Resolution of a Dispute with BNSF Railway Company
                        Over the Use of Railroad Right-of-Way Under Minn. Stat. 237.045.
           
            Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
            I.   Proceedings initiated by a utility under Minn. Stat. § 237.045 (2016) to install a facility on railroad property do not effect an unconstitutional taking because the standard crossing fee established by that statute is distinct from any just compensation due for a taking and the statute does not preclude condemnation proceedings.
            II.   Minn. Stat. § 237.045 is not per se preempted by 49 U.S.C. § 10501 (2012).
            Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.


A16-0738
       Dustin Ryan Mortenson, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Appellant.
           
           Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Leonard A. Weiler.
            This court’s opinion in Steinolfson v. Comm’r of Pub. Safety, 478 N.W.2d 808 (Minn. App. 1991), was overruled by the Minnesota Supreme Court’s opinion in Johnson v. Comm’r of Pub. Safety, 911 N.W.2d 506 (Minn. 2018).
            Reversed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.


A17-2035
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Laron Isadel Hill, Appellant.
           
          Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.
            1.   The search of an appurtenant structure, such as a storage locker in an apartment building, requires a connection to the person identified as the subject of the search in the statement of probable cause set forth in a search warrant.
            2.   The constitutional protection against double jeopardy is not implicated when the defendant voluntarily consents to sever the charges prior to adjudication.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
 
 

 ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER

 
ADM10-8010             Minnesota Court of Appeals Special Rules of Practice.
                                    
Court of Appeals.
            Order promulgating amendments to the Special Rules of Practice for the Minnesota Court of Appeals to be effective September 14, 2018.
 
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, September 24, 2018

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



1.         A18-0273
            Bridgette A. Allan, Appellant, vs. United Piping, Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Shaun R. Floerke.

2.         A17-1896
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Anthony Thurstin, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Richard A. Zimmerman.

3.         A18-0686
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Blake S. Uddin.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Lawrence R. Johnson.

4.         A18-0349
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Donald Cody Tarbell, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Douglas B. Meslow.

5.         A18-0233
            Terry Reynolds, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Toddrick S. Barnette.
 
6.         A17-1820
            In re the Marriage:  Katherine Theresa Kleynhans, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Bernardus
            Andries Kleynhans, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Phillip Carruthers.

7.         A17-1842
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lester Corey Bates, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Lyon County District Court, Hon. Leland Bush.

8.         A18-0560
            Heritage Bank, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Gary D. Stortenbecker, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Morrison County District Court, Hon. Leonard A. Weiler.

9.         A17-2076
            Lighthouse Management Group, Inc., as Receiver for First United Funding, LLC,
            Respondent, vs. Corey N. Johnston, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Joseph T. Carter.

10.       A17-1979
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Stephen Thomas Conlin, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Winona County District Court, Hon. Mary C. Leahy.

11.       A17-0218
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Antwan Mister Carpenter, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.

12.       A18-0159
            Curtis McCoy, Relator, vs. Peopleready, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment
            and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

13.       A17-1587
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Adam Gregory Behl, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.

14.       A18-0480
            John Doe 121, Appellant, vs. Diocese of Winona, Respondent, St. Mary's Catholic
            Church, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Winona County District Court, Hon. Nancy L. Buytendorp.

15.       A17-0187, A17-0191
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Paul Hernandez, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

16.       A18-0375
            Sonja Jeanne Timmons, individually, and as mother and natural guardian of Jadyn
            Bentlie Haugen, Kaily Marie Timmons and Makena Joy Haugen, Appellant, vs. Jerrold
            D. Parker a/k/a Jerry Parker, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Jackson County District Court, Hon. Darci Bentz.

17.       A17-1641
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Erica Marie Ruiz, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Richard H. Kyle, Jr.

18.       A18-0078
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Benson Wahagi Mwangi, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Dissenting, Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kerry Meyer.

19.       A18-0073
            First Minnesota Bank, Appellant, vs. Richard Weller, Respondent.
            Reversed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Amy R. Brosnahan.

20.       A18-0180
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Anthony Charles Resemius, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Pine County District Court, Hon. Heather Wynn.

21.       A17-1913
            Judy E. Adams, Appellant, vs. Melrose Community, LLC, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.

22.       A17-1632, A17-1633
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Glenn DeJwuan Truesdale, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Margaret A. Daly.
 
23.       A17-1590
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Nicholas Sean Perkins, Appellant
            Affirmed; motion granted.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Washington County District Court, Hon. John R. McBride.

24.       A18-0404
            Laukka-Jarvis, Inc., Appellant, vs. Wooddale Builders, Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.

25.       A17-1790
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lance Martin Odegard, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Yellow Medicine County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Van Hon.
 
* 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
September 24, 2018



1.         A18-0028
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Roosevelt Mikell, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Fred Karasov.

2.         A16-0710
            Ryan Paul Jirik, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Rice County District Court, Hon. Christine Long.


 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, September 24, 2018

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