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FILED Wednesday, April 24, 2019


A17-0863        Donald G. Heilman, Appellant, vs. Patrick C. Courtney, as Program Manager for Minnesota Department of Corrections, Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   The issue of when a felon’s conditional-release term began under Minn. Stat. § 169A.276, subd. 1(d) (2018), was sufficiently raised below and was properly before the court of appeals.
            2.   A felon who participated in the Challenge Incarceration Program, Minn. Stat. §§ 244.17–.173 (2018), was “released from prison” for purposes of his conditional-release term under Minn. Stat. § 169A.276, subd. 1(d), when he entered phase II of the Program.
            Reversed and remanded.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Concurring, Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Dissenting, Justices David L. Lillehaug, Anne K. McKeig and Paul C. Thissen.
            Dissenting, Justice Paul C. Thissen.

A18-1131        William H. Johnson, Respondent, vs. Darchuks Fabrication, Inc., and Harleysville Insurance Company, Relators, and Injured
                         Workers Pharmacy, Intervenor.
                         Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
            1.   The treatment parameters established under the workers’ compensation act in Minnesota Rule 5221.6020, subpart 2 (2017), apply to treatment of an injury after liability has been established but do not apply when liability for the compensation benefits owed for an injury has been denied. 
            2.   An employer that contests its obligation to pay for medical treatment for an employee injury that the employer admits is covered by the workers’ compensation act has not “denied liability for the injury” within the meaning of Minnesota Rule 5221.6020, subpart 2.
            Reversed and remanded.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
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FILED Tuesday, April 16, 2019

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      State Farm Fire and Casualty Company vs. Jonathan Sipola – A18-0295 – Denied
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Mohamed Warsame Adan – A18-0051 – Denied
3.      Phyllis Louise Luskey vs. Nikki Dee Eggum, et al. – A18-0623 – Denied
4.      In re the Marriage of:  Rachel Ann Wexler, f/k/a/ Rachel Gerr vs. Darrin Anthony Gerr, County of Dakota, intervenor – A18-0679 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Dawda Jeng – A18-0418 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. LC Monroe Johnson – A18-0088 – Denied
7.      Sheila Oliver, et al. vs. State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Company – A18-0367 – Granted
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Warren Patrick Banks, Jr. – A18-0268 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Thomas Clifford Needham – A18-0247 – Denied
10.    Frederick S. Fish vs. Ramler Trucking, Inc., defendant and third party plaintiff, Wells Concrete Products Company and Albany Manufacturing, Inc.,
         Third-Party Defendants – A18-0143 – Granted
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Mitchell John Antil – A17-2063 – Granted in part/Stayed
12.    State of Minnesota vs. Jeremy Scott Blahowski – A18-0498 – Denied
13.    State of Minnesota vs. Matthew Scott Stewart – A17-2039 – Denied
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Buk Gaak Gany – A17-0809 – Denied
15.    Walter Johann Happel vs. State of Minnesota – A18-0052 – Denied
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Cole Lyle Kjellberg – A18-0409 – Denied
17.    Matthew Heinen vs. City of Sauk Rapids – A18-0867 – Denied
18.    In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Daniel Leroy Patten – A18-1464 – Denied
19.    Desean Lamont Thomas vs. State of Minnesota – A18-1508 – Denied

Filed – April 17, 2019

1.         In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: N.E., M.B., C.G., and S.E., Parents – A19-0227 – Denied