Court of Appeals Opinions

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 distribute a notice that informs counsel, self-represented (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.

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.

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Precedential OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a precedential (formerly called "published") opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Precedential 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 of caselaw found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, October 18, 2021



A21-0068        In re the Marriage of: Brian Earl Grogg, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Karen  Lynne Rech, Respondent.
                         Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.
            When, based on a child’s emancipation, a child support obligor moves to reduce a support obligation that covers more than one child, the obligor must show both emancipation of the child at issue and that the existing support obligation is unreasonable and unfair. An exception to this rule is automatic termination of child support as provided by Minn. Stat. § 518A.39, subd. 5(a) (2020).
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
 
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter than precedential opinions, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as precedential opinions.

NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS
FILED Monday, October 18, 2021

Pursuant to Minn. R. Civ. App. P. 136.01, subd. 1 (c)



1.         A21-0083
            Ellis Evans, Respondent, vs. Ian Niklas, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Sara R. Grewing.

2.         A20-1575
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Roberto Amed Dommer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.

3.         A21-0519
            In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: B. H. K. and A. J. S. B., Parents.
            Affirmed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Brown County District Court, Hon. Robert A. Docherty.

4.         A21-0611
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: H. R. and B. R. (deceased), Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Eric Hylden.

5.         A21-0438
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: M. L. H., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya M. Bransford.

6.         A21-0491
            Kenny Lee Reed, FKA: Gordon David Reese, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of
            Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bruce A. Peterson.

7.         A21-0371
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Vanessa Lynn Page, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Jackson County District Court, Hon. Darci Bentz.

8.         A20-1457
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Deontranelle Leslie Davis, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Jon A. Maturi.

9.         A21-0416
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: M. H., Custodial Parent, K. H. Stepparent,
            and J. B., Mother.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Jacob C. Allen.

10.       A20-0892
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Larry Eugene Burrell, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Toddrick S. Barnette.

11.       A21-0114
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Freddie Tyrone Dudley, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer L. Frisch.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Brianne J. Buccicone.


 
Order OpinionsCases 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
October 18, 2021



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

Opinion SetsOpinion sets contain all precedential, nonprecedential, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, October 18, 2021

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