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Court of Appeals Opinions



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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.


Published Opinions

By 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, March 18, 2019



A18-1187        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Justin Kenyatta Watson, Appellant.
           
             Scott County District Court, Hon. Caroline H. Lennon.
            A sentence for an out-of-state conviction that results in the out-of-state sentencing court imposing a probationary term but reserving the right to vacate the stay and impose a sentence is the equivalent of a stay of imposition for purposes of calculating the defendant’s criminal-history score under the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.


A18-0503
        Justin K. Ayers, et al., Respondents, vs. John William Kalal, et al., Appellants.
            
             Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.
            Under Minn. Stat. § 65B.51, subd. 1 (2018), basic economic loss benefits paid to or on behalf of a person injured in the maintenance, use, or operation of a motor vehicle must be offset from any verdict in a personal-injury action brought by the injured person, regardless of whether the reparation obligor is entitled to indemnity from the tortfeasor under Minn. Stat. § 65B.53, subd. 1 (2018).  A reparation obligor is subrogated to claims based on either negligence in a state other than Minnesota or negligence other than negligence in the maintenance, use, or operation of a motor vehicle.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
 

Unpublished Opinions

Unpublished 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, March 18, 2019

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2018)



1.         A18-0689
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Glenn David Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Barry A. Sullivan.

2.         A18-0638
            Terence Lakin, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Kevin Michael Halverson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Pine County District Court, Hon. Krista K. Martin.

3.         A18-0494
            Susan Ann Ericson o/b/o Minor, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Darryl Wayne Millner, Sr.,
            Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jason T Hutchison.

4.         A18-0442
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Garrett Tynes, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Martha A. Holton Dimick and Hon. Judge Paul
            Scoggin.

5.         A18-1811
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Bounleng Saengchanh.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.
 
6.         A18-0843
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Addison Roger Creviston-Lerud, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Fritz.

7.         A18-0709
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Marcus Charles Gbala, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hubbard County District Court, Hon. Paul Rasmussen.

8.         A18-0631
            Edwards Lifesciences, LLC, Respondent, vs. Bryan Szweda, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Michael K. Browne.

9.         A18-0451
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Richardson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Mary B. Mahler.

10.       A18-0685
            New State Funding, LLC d/b/a Partners Funding, Appellant, vs. Mark Sheffert, in his
            capacity as the court-appointed receiver for Koch Group MPLS, LLC, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Edward Thomas Wahl.

11.       A18-0910
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. William Issac Jones, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kerry Meyer.

12.       A18-0517
            Oluf Johnson, et al., Appellants, vs. Consumers Cooperative Association of Litchfield,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Meeker County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Thompson.

13.       A18-1815
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Thomas Ladon Webber.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.
 
14.       A18-0952
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Paul Mattson, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Polk County District Court, Hon. Anne Marie Rasmusson.

15.       A18-1466
            Bernard Friel, James Losleben, Jill Smith, Robert Bonine, Marina McManus, Robert
            Diedrich, Stephen Treichel, Appellants, vs. City of Mendota Heights, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. M. Michael Baxter.

16.       A18-1455
            James Donald Dahl, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Sarah E. Hennesy.

17.       A18-0613
            W. J. A., Respondent, vs. Patricia C. Johnson, as the Personal Representative of the
            Estate of Terry M. Johnson, Deceased, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. M. Jacqueline Regis.

18.       A18-0658, A18-0659
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Phillip Joseph Porter, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Margaret A. Daly.
 
19.       A18-0571
            In the Matter of the Application of Park Rapids Clay Dusters, Inc., for a Conditional Use
            Permit.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Wadena County Board of Commissioners.

20.       A18-0275
            Kenneth Wayne Carlson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Bridgid E. Dowdal.

21.       A18-0884
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Michael Dillard, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Brown County District Court, Hon. Robert A. Docherty.

22.       A18-0229
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joshua Byron Stark, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Renville County District Court, Hon. Randall J. Slieter.

23.       A18-1241
            CHS, Inc., Respondent, vs. Joaquin Galindo Martinez, et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Jennifer Frisch.

 

Order Opinions

Cases 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
March 18, 2019


 
1.         A18-0957
            Patricia R. Bowdish, Relator, vs. Dart X, Inc., Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Dismissed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

2.         A18-1394
            Scott Alan Overbo, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Jennifer Frisch.

3.         A18-1276
            Linde Anne Sayen, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Michael Stephen Sayen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Gary R. Schurrer.
 

Special Release Opinions

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED


Opinion Sets

Opinion 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, March 18, 2019

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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  3. Choose the "Open" option on the Download Complete screen.
  4. Extract the files to a location of your choice.
  5. Open the extracted file.

Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

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