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.

Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously released Court of Appeals Opinions.

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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, November 13, 2017



A17-0012       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Michael Sam, Appellant.                            
                        Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Sarah E. Hennesy.
            A district court does not err by instructing the jury that it should not draw any adverse inference from a defendant's decision not to testify where the instruction is requested by defense counsel and, because the defendant is voluntarily absent from trial, his personal consent is not obtained on the record.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.

 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, November 13, 2017

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



1.         A17-1056
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Dale Allen Lindsey.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.

2.         A17-0633
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  C. W. A., Child.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Wabasha County District Court, Hon. Terrence M. Walters.

3.         A17-0666
            Gary Lee Johnson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Fritz.

4.         A17-0345
            Hailey Elisabeth Steele Daberkow, a minor, by and through her parents and natural
            guardians John Daberkow and Bernadette Steele, Respondent, vs. Anne Remer, f/k/a
            Anne Hummel, Respondent, American Family Mutual Insurance Company, intervenor,
            Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Judge Steven A. Anderson.

5.         A17-0278
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Justin Donald Lubins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Aitkin County District Court, Hon. John R. Solien.

6.         A16-1956
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Paul Kahn, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Judge Christina Kilbo Stevens.

7.         A17-0972
            In re: Children of: B. C., et al., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Walter Kaminsky.

8.         A17-0147
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs Floyd Erik Hyde, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Polk County District Court, Hon. Judge Anne Marie Rasmusson.

9.         A17-0680
            In re the Marriage of:  Thor Richard Asfeld, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Brittany Lyn
            Asfeld, Respondent Below, and Corinna Moeller, et al., intervenors, Respondents.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Frank J. Kundrat.

10.       A17-0103
            Scott Souter, Relator, vs. Fastenal Company, Inc., Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

11.       A16-2046
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Arthur Rathbun, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Toddrick S. Barnette.

12.       A17-0249
            Caleb Wesen, Relator, vs. University of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            University of Minnesota Office of Executive Vice President and Provost.

13.       A16-1645
            Thomas Funk, et al., Appellants, vs. Thomas O'Connor, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Janet L. Barke Cain.

14.       A17-0397
            Saido M. Ali, Respondent, vs Aden Aded, Defendant, Anwar Said, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bridget Sullivan.

15.       A17-0319
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jason James Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Janet L. Barke Cain.

16.       A16-1768
            A Resolution Setting Forth Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law and Order Denying
            S. M. Hentges & Sons, Inc. and Jordan Gravel, LLC Application for an Interim Use
            Permit for Aggregate Mining and Processing Operation in Sand Creek Township.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Scott County Board of Commissioners.

17.       A17-0202
            Erik Anderson, et al., petitioners, Respondents, vs. David Robert Weber, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Judge Bridgid E. Dowdal.

18.       A17-0164
            In re the Marriage of:  David Scott Pederson, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Elizabeth Joan
            Nephew Pederson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Mark A. Munger.

19.       A17-0565
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Cole Earl Thompson, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Cynthia McCollum.

 
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
November 13, 2017



1.         A16-0184
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gerry Thomas Cardinal, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Judge Shari R. Schluchter.
 
2.         A16-0839
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dustin Spencer Casey, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, November 13, 2017

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