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FILED Wednesday, July 27, 2016


A14-0796        Nathan Kariniemi, et al., Appellants, vs. City of Rockford, Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   The City is entitled to vicarious official immunity because its City Engineer, though a private engineering firm, performed discretionary functions in close coordination with the City and therefore qualifies as a public official eligible for official immunity.
            2.   The City is entitled to vicarious official immunity on appellants’ nuisance claim.
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Took no part, Justice Margaret H. Chutich.

A15-1605        Archway Marketing Services, Respondent, vs. County of Hennepin, Relator.
                         Tax Court.
            1.   The tax court’s decision to reject the sales comparison approach and instead rely exclusively on the income capitalization approach was contrary to the evidence and not supported by adequate reasoning. 
            2.   The tax court’s rejection of lease comparables used in the County’s income capitalization analysis was not clearly erroneous, because it was undisputed that the lease comparables did not reflect market rates. 
            3.   The tax court’s rejection of the comparables used to calculate a capitalization rate was not clearly erroneous, because the appraiser’s report and testimony do not support the County’s argument that the appraiser’s underlying financial assumptions were irrelevant to the calculation of the capitalization rate.
            Reversed in part, vacated, and remanded.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Took no part, Justice Margaret H. Chutich.

A14-0893        Mark R. Zweber, Appellant, vs. Credit River Township, et al., Respondents.
                         Court of Appeals.
            A district court has subject-matter jurisdiction over a property owner’s takings and equal-protection claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (2012) when neither claim requires an examination into the validity of any quasi-judicial decisions made by a local governmental entity.
            Reversed and remanded.  Justice David R. Stras.
            Concurring, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Took no part, Justices Natalie E. Hudson and Margaret H. Chutich.

A15-0242        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jacob Miles Solberg, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   A single mitigating factor may provide a substantial and compelling reason to impose a downward durational sentencing departure if the mitigating factor shows that the defendant’s conduct in committing the offense of conviction is significantly less serious than that typically involved in the commission of the offense in question. 
            2.   When the defendant’s expressions of remorse did not diminish the seriousness of his conduct in committing the offense of conviction, the district court erred by imposing a downward durational departure based solely on the defendant’s remorse.
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
            Took no part, Justice Natalie E. Hudson.

A13-1786        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Michael John Riehm, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0296570.
                         Supreme Court.
            1.   Respondent unconditionally admitted allegations of professional misconduct as part of the parties’ oral stipulation for discipline.  
            2.   In attorney discipline matters, an attorney may not condition his or her admissions to allegations of misconduct on receiving a specific disposition from the Minnesota Supreme Court. 
            3.   Respondent’s misconduct warrants an indefinite suspension with no right to petition for reinstatement for a minimum of 5 years.  
            Per Curiam.
            Took no part, Justice Margaret H. Chutich.



A15-1877       In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Scott Alan Becker, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0248253.
                        Supreme Court.
            Suspended.  Justice David R. Stras.
A16-0409       In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Victor Harlan Smith, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0195911.
                        Supreme Court.
            Indefinitely suspended.  Justice David R. Stras.


ADM10-8010              Minnesota Court of Appeals Special Rules of Practice.
                                     Court of Appeals.
            Court of Appeals promulgates amendments to the Special Rules of Practice for the Minnesota Court of Appeals effective July 18, 2016.



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FILED Tuesday, July 19, 2016

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      State of Minnesota vs. Renee Anita Vasko – A15-1172 – Granted
2.      State of Minnesota vs. James William Kralik – A15-0914 –Denied
3.      In re Joel Marvin Munt, Petitioner State of Minnesota vs. Joel Marvin Munt – A16‑0497 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Rustin Kent Hartland – A15-0898 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Deundrick Demon McIntosh – A15-0887 – Denied
6.      Steven Duane Auers, personally, and as trustee for the next of kin of Karen Auers, deceased vs. Progressive
         Direct Insurance Company – A15-1832 – Denied
7.      State of Minnesota vs. John Charles Kotten – A15-1160 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Arnold Lee Scott – A15-0661 – Denied
9.      Darrel Mckee vs. Steve Hammer – A16-0499 – Denied
10.    Jessica Mattson vs. City of Rushford, Minnowa Construction, Inc., State of Minnesota Department
         of Transportation – A15-1018 – Denied
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Morgan Lee Thompson – A15-0904 – Denied
12.    State of Minnesota vs. Lisa Lorraine Peltier – A15-1324 – Denied
13.    State of Minnesota vs. Earl Eugene Ashmore – A15-0675 – Denied
14.    In the Matter of the Estate of:  Orville C. Jacobson, Deceased in the Matter of the Estate of: 
         Hughie Eugene Keenan, Deceased – A15-0316 – Denied
15.    Roger William Kuehn vs. Commissioner of Public Safety – A15-1278 – Granted/Stayed
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Henry Davila – A15-1496 – Denied
17.    Scott Peterson, Roger Smith vs. City of Minneapolis, Minnesota – A15-1711 – Granted
18.    State of Minnesota vs. Erik Demetrius White, Sr. – A15-1040 – Denied
19.    Autumn Ridge Landscaping, Inc. vs. Department of Employment and Economic Development –
         A15-1305, A15-1308 – Denied
20.    NJK Holding Corporation vs. The Araz Group, Inc. – A15-1628 – Denied
21.    Lifespan of Minnesota, Inc. vs. Minneapolis Public Schools, Special School District No. 1 – A15-1717 – Denied
22.    State of Minnesota vs. Joshua Brandon Cochran – A15-0930 – Denied
23.    North Star Mutual Insurance Company vs. Julie Joy Kruger, as trustee for the heirs and next of kin of
         Todd M. Kruger, Michael A. Dahl et al. – A15-1420 – Denied
24.    State of Minnesota vs. Jeremy Williams – A15-0640 – Denied
25.    State of Minnesota vs. Jose Antonio Diaz-Arreguin – A15-0860 – Denied
26.    State of Minnesota vs. Nammoun Khampanya – A15-0885 – Denied
27.    State of Minnesota vs. Gregory Thomas Wandzel – A15-1375 – Denied
28.    Martin Bell, et al. vs. Leonard Street and Deinard Professional Association, et al. – A15-1311 – Denied
29.    Kjellberg’s, Inc., et al. vs. State of Minnesota, by its Commissioner of Transportation – A15-1553 – Denied
30.    David Richard Carlson vs. State of Minnesota – A15-1388 – Denied
31.    Midwest Bonding, LLC vs. Gale Rachuy – A15-1703 – Denied
32.    Randal V. Johnson, et al. vs. Robert A. Fischer, County of Sibley – A15-1315 – Denied
33.    State of Minnesota vs. Jesse Andrew Faust – A15-0428 – Denied
34.    In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Peter Gerard Lonergan – A15-1866 – Denied
35.    State of Minnesota vs. Mackey Keyota Drake – A15-0748 – Denied
36.    State of Minnesota vs. Jayson Stanley Sam – A15-0674 – Denied
37.    Tamara Lyn Renneke, n/k/a Tamara Lyn Fjoslien vs. Dean Glenn Renneke – A15‑1037 – Denied
38.    State of Minnesota vs. Bobby Maurice McGary – A15-0734 – Denied
39.    State of Minnesota vs. David Charles Adams – A15-0991 – Denied
40.    In re the Custody of:  S. K. S Christian Schut vs. Cynthia Schut – A15-1489 – Denied
41.    State of Minnesota vs. Paul Michael Baumchen – A15-0878, A15-1086 – Denied
42.    Delmer V. Fladwood et al v. City of St. Paul – A15-1791 – Denied
43.    In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Kenneth Steven Daywitt – A15-1569 – Denied
44.    Patrick Exner vs. Minneapolis Public Schools, Special School District No. 1 – A15‑1262 – Denied
45.    State of Minnesota vs. Dante Christopher Horton – A15-0736 – Denied
46.    State of Minnesota vs. Ralph Joseph Boecker – A15-1058 – Granted