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FILED Wednesday, July 19, 2017


A15-0570        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ryan Leroy Smith, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            The evidence was insufficient to convict appellant of first-degree driving while impaired because one of the three predicate prior convictions, appellant’s 2005 conviction of gross-misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm, is not included in the list of qualifying statutory offenses.
            Reversed.  Justice David R. Stras.
            Concurring, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Dissenting, Justices Anne K. McKeig, David L. Lillehaug and Margaret H. Chutich.

A15-1795        In re the Application for an Administrative Search Warrant, City of Golden Valley, Respondent, vs. Jason Wiebesick, Appellant,
                         Jacki Wiebesick, Appellant, Jessie Treseler, Appellant, Tiffani Simons, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   There is no principled basis for interpreting Article I, Section 10 of the Minnesota Constitution differently than the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution in the context of an administrative search warrant to conduct a rental housing inspection.  Such a warrant, when issued by a district court and satisfying an ordinance containing reasonable standards, need not be supported by individualized suspicion of a code violation.
            2.   On a petition for an administrative search warrant to conduct a rental housing inspection, and absent an emergency or other compelling need, tenants shall be given notice of the petition and the opportunity to be heard at a hearing.  At such a hearing, the district court shall consider whether the warrant should include reasonable restrictions on the inspection, including timing, scope, and participants, to protect the tenants’ privacy interests.
            Affirmed.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.
            Concurring, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Dissenting, Justices G. Barry Anderson and David R. Stras.

A15-0958        James Poehler, Appellant/Cross-Respondent, vs. Cincinnati Insurance Company, Respondent/Cross-Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   Minnesota Statutes § 549.09, subd. 1(b) (2016), does not require an underlying breach of contract or actionable wrongdoing for the recovery of preaward interest on an insurance appraisal award.
            2.   Absent contractual language explicitly precluding preaward interest, an insured may recover preaward interest on an appraisal award for a fire insurance loss, notwithstanding a contractual loss payment provision in the policy stating that the “[l]oss is payable within 5 working days . . . [a]fter there is a filing of an appraisal award.”
            3.   A fire insurance provision that offers the insured all of the rights and benefits required by Minn. Stat. § 65A.01 (2016), as well as additional rights and benefits, supersedes the language set forth in the Minnesota standard fire insurance policy. 
            Reversed.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Dissenting, Justices G. Barry Anderson and David R. Stras.



A17-0516        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Michael Milo, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0239884.
                         Supreme Court.
            Suspended.  Justice David  R. Stras.

A17-0877        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Terence James Hislop, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0244193.
                         Supreme Court.
            Publicly reprimanded and placed on probation for 1 year, retroactive to April 4, 2016.  Justice David R. Stras.
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FILED Tuesday, July 18, 2017

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      James F. Christie vs. Estate of Dilman Christie, et al. – A16-1244 – Granted
2.      Kristin M. Schumacher, Marian V. Swanson vs. Terrence K. Swanson and Terrence K. Swanson, counterclaimant vs.
         Kristin M. Schumacher, et al. – A16-1224 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Bryan Lee Larson – A16-1538 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Robert Earl Leatherberry – A16-0731 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Travis Lee Beyer – A16-1513 – Denied
6.      Kamal Elyas Maqadin vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1625 – Denied
7.      State of Minnesota vs. Keith Eugene Washington – A16-1192 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Angela Tharnaa Hooks – A16-1617 – Granted/Stayed
9.      Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area vs. Eden Prairie Presbyterian Church, Inc. d/b/a Prairie  Community Church of the
         Twin Cities – A16-0945 – Denied
10.    State of Minnesota vs. Lamar King – A16-0927 – Denied
11.    Teresa Marie Nordahl vs. Steven Edward Nordahl – A16-1020 – Denied
12.    In the Matter of the Petition of CitiMortgage, Inc., a New York corporation, relating to Certificate of Title No. 1004362
          for a new Certificate of Title after Mortgage Foreclosure Sale – A16-0803 – Denied
13.    Trivedi, LLC, et al. vs. Dennis Lang – A16-1209 – Denied
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Eric Dean Anderson – A17-0594 – Denied
15.    Joseph Milton Barnes vs. State of Minnesota – A16-0983 – Denied
16.    Troy Kenneth Scheffler vs. Mark Joseph McDonough – A16-0949 – Denied
17.    Michael Carlton Lowe, Sr. vs. State of Minnesota – A17-0574 – Denied
18.    Leland Bertsch, et al. vs. Charles Phillip Ehlen – A16-1420 – Denied
19.    Corey John Ouradnik vs. Robert John Ouradnik – A16-1516 – Granted
20.    Janelle Rozalind Spah vs. Steven Phillip Spah – A16-1127 – Denied
21.    Faricy Law Firm, P.A. vs. API, Inc. Asbestos Settlement Trust – A16-1539 – Granted
22.    Wade Sotona and Kristine Sotona, as co-trustees for the next-of-kin of Brody Sotona, decedent, Connor Macklin vs. Andrew
         Wayne Gibbs, et al. – A16-1384 – Denied
23.    Michelle Rae Wilson vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1566 – Denied
24.    State of Minnesota vs. Willie James Brown – A16-1619 – Denied
25.    State of Minnesota vs. Jason Paul Hirman – A16-0928 – Denied
26.    State of Minnesota vs. Matthew Howard Isensee – A16-0926 – Denied
27.    State of Minnesota vs. Jonathan Edward Buhl – A16-0417 – Denied
28.    State of Minnesota vs. Osman Abdi Bashir – A16-0665 – Denied
29.    State of Minnesota vs. Gregory Gregory Clemons – A16-1083 – Denied
30.    State of Minnesota vs. Daniel Joseph Decker – A16-0830 – Granted
31.    State of Minnesota, ex rel., Branden Lee Pollard vs. Tom Roy, Commissioner of Corrections – A15-1580 – Denied
32.    Lester Leander Wiechmann vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1627 – Denied
33.    Jane Doe vs. Empire Entertainment, LLC, d/b/a The Pourhouse – A16-1283 – Denied
34.    Paul Ronny Barsness vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1302 – Denied
35.    Travis Clay Andersen vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1615 – Denied
36.    Emily M. Pederson vs. Scott H. Meyer – A16-1707 – Denied
37.     Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow vs. University of Minnesota – A16-1147 – Denied
38.                 STAYED PFR PENDING STATE v. HUBER, A13-1928; STATE v. WASHINGTON-
, A14-0460; and LOVING v. STATE, A15-1111
           State of Minnesota vs. Cedric Chappell, Jr. – A14-1941 – Vacated/Denied
39.                    STAYED PFR PENDING STATE v. S. A. M. – A15-0950
          State of Minnesota vs. N. D. S. – A15-1712 – Vacated/Denied