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FILED Wednesday, September 13, 2017


A15-0005        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robin Lyne Hensel, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   Minnesota Statutes § 609.72, subd. 1(2) (2016), is facially unconstitutional under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution because it is substantially overbroad.
            2.   Because there is no reasonable narrowing construction of Minn. Stat. § 609.72, subd. 1(2), the remedy for the First Amendment violation is to invalidate the statute.
            Reversed and remanded.  Justice David R. Stras.
            Dissenting, Justice G. Barry Anderson and Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Took no part, Justice David L. Lillehaug.

A17-0497        In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  R.K., Parent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            Because appellant timely appealed from the district court’s order terminating his parental rights based on the court administrator’s service of notice by mail, the court of appeals erred by dismissing the appeal as untimely.
            Vacated.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
            Dissenting, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Anne K. McKeig.



A16-1132        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Christopher Ozioma Obasi, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0296223.
A16-1718        Supreme Court.                         
            Motion denied.  Conditional reinstatement revoked and indefinitely suspended.  Justice David R. Stras.


September 8, 2017A17-1142: The Ninetieth Minnesota State Senate, et al., Respondents, vs. Mark B. Dayton, in his official capacity as Governor of the State of Minnesota, et al., Petitioners
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FILED Tuesday, August 22, 2017

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      State of Minnesota vs. Bryan Joseph Hodapp – A16-1033 – Denied
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Daniel Adam Oltz – A16-1228 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Chelsey Marie Conn – A16-1414 – Denied
4.      Drummer Development, Inc. vs. Baxter BBQ, Incorporated, Defendant, Charles Torgerson, Jr., Randy Jernberg – A16-1933 – Denied
5.      William P. Brady, et al. vs. Christopher Michael Hilger, et al. – A16-2066 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Michael Vincent Leith – A16-1017 – Granted/Vacated/ Remanded
7.      State of Minnesota vs. John Jacob White – A16-1529 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Timothy Funches – A16-0716 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota ex rel., Neighbors for East Bank Livability, et al. vs. City of Minneapolis, Alatus, LLC – A17-0820 – Denied
10.    Holly Virginia Anderson vs. Derrik T. Anderson – A16-2006 – Granted
11.    Clayton James Hanks vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1821 – Denied
12.    Jacquelyn Bliss vs. Central States Insulation Wholesale, Inc., et al. – A16-1443 – Denied
13.    State of Minnesota vs. William Alphonso Warr – A15-1427 – Denied
14.    Hearing Associates, Inc. vs. Dr. Sara Downs, et al. – A16-1317 – Granted
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Abel Ricardo Mendoza, III – A16-1193 – Denied
16.    Vicky Kriescher, et al. vs. Marjorie E. Gibson, Marjohn Enterprises, et al. – A17‑0534 – Denied
17.    Busad Kheyre, et al. vs. M & S Properties LLC, Mohammad Sabri d/b/a J&S Services Ltd., Defendants – A16-1461 – Denied
18.    State of Minnesota vs. Gerry Thomas Cardinal – A16-0184 – Granted/Vacated/ Remanded
19.    State of Minnesota vs. Roland Lee Anderson – A16-1045 – Denied
20.    In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Peter Allan, Sr. – A17-0207 – Denied
21.    Oliver McCrary vs. United Parcel Service, Inc., Department of Employment and Economic Development – A16-2022 – Denied
22.    Spidel Wayne Browder vs. State of Minnesota – A17-0088 – Denied
23.    State of Minnesota vs. Justin Kariakis Valencia – A16-1306 – Denied
24.    Glacial Plains Cooperative, formerly known as United Farmers Elevator vs. Chippewa Valley Ethanol
         Company, LLLP, successor to Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company, LLC
– A16-1626 – Granted
25.    Valerie R. LeMaster vs. Green Tree Servicing, LLC, f/k/a Green Tree Financial Servicing – A17-0580 – Denied
26.    State of Minnesota vs. Raven Kimo Martinez – A16-1112 – Denied
27.    State of Minnesota vs. Jessica Lynn Maack – A16-1417 – Denied
28.    State of Minnesota vs. Virgil Ernest Beaulieu – A16-1493 – Denied
29.    Tramayne Colfred Williams vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1526; A16-1527 – Granted
30.    State of Minnesota vs. Antonyo White – A16-1010 – Denied
31.    Anita J. Howard vs. Shelly R. Svoboda, M. D., et al. – A16-1232 – Denied
32.    Rebekah L. Bennett vs. Kevin E. Bennett – A16-1268 – Denied
33.    State of Minnesota vs. Jessica Elaine Quirt – A16-1416 – Denied
34.    State of Minnesota vs. Tramaine Smith, a/k/a Darryl Green – A16-0762 – Denied
35.    State of Minnesota vs. Matthew Scott Clark – A16-1175 – Denied
36.    State of Minnesota vs. Jacob Lee Kivela-Sandnas – A16-1312 – Denied
37.    State of Minnesota vs. Dustin Spencer Casey – A16-0839 – Granted/Vacated/ Remanded
38.    State of Minnesota vs. Sammy Antonio White – A16-0931 – Denied
39.    Jeremiah Akinnola vs. Southampton Apartments, et al. – A16-1813 – Denied