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Court of Appeals Opinions



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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 mail a notice that informs counsel, 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.  Copies of the opinions are mailed to involved parties on Mondays.

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, April 12, 2021



A20-1521        In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  J. C. L. and J. H. L., Parents.
                         Pine County District Court, Hon. Heather Wynn.
            In making findings pursuant to section 260C.517(a) of the Minnesota Statutes to support a permanency disposition other than a termination of parental rights, a district court must consider the best interests of the child according to the criteria specified in section 260C.511.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
 
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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, April 12, 2021

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



1.         A20-0255
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jose Juan Garcia Rivera, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

2.         A20-0378
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Luis Omar Chaparro Vargas, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

3.         A20-1359
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  A. L. C. and T. H. F., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Janet L. Barke Cain.

4.         A20-0993
            Ryan Carlson, et al., Appellants, vs. Township of Livonia, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Walter Kaminsky.

5.         A20-0417
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Daniel Edward Nixon, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher and Hon. Sophia Y. Vuelo.

6.         A20-0976
            Roger Foster, et al., Petitioners, Adam Dennis Sanborn, Appellant, vs. Minnesota
            Department of Corrections, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Leslie Beiers.

7.         A20-0794
            Brian Madison, Appellant, vs. Todd County et al., Respondents, Morrison County, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Morrison County District Court, Hon. Leonard A. Weiler.

8.         A20-0714
            In the Matter of:  Justin Bennek.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louis Dovre Bjorkman.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.
 
9.         A20-0975
            Ray Danielson, Relator, vs. Koronis Parts, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment
            and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

10.       A20-1349, A20-1351
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  K. K. and K. M. R., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol S. Hooten.
            Concurring specially, Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Winona County District Court, Hon. Mary C. Leahy.

11.       A20-0590
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Donald Franklin Derricotte, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Mark M. Starr.

12.       A20-0992
            In the Matter of:  Marna Susan Sutphen, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Jeffrey Carlyle
            Sutphen, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter.

13.       A20-0640
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jason Richard Montonye, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Stevens County District Court, Hon. Charles Glasrud.

14.       A20-0220
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Nougai Xiong, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Mark Ireland.

15.       A20-0441
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ronald John Miller, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Joseph T. Carter.

16.       A20-1047
            In the Matter of the SIRS Appeal of Community Involvement Programs-FSE.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Office of Administrative Hearings.

17.       A20-1341
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  V. R. and J. N., Parents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Jennifer Fischer.

18.       A20-0688
            Lee Ray Bolch, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Nobles County District Court, Hon. Gordon L. Moore, III.

19.       A20-0933
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Antonio Dupree Wright, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Theodora K. Gaitas.

20.       A20-1094
            LuAnn Carol Stanius, Respondent, Lisa Stanius, Respondent, vs. Jason Bartig, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer L. Frisch.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Shaun R. Floerke.

21.       A20-0822
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Allison Ann Mastin, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
            Faribault County District Court, Hon. Troy G. Timmerman.

22.       A19-1220
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Matt Monoleetio Vogel, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward J. Cleary.*
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Paul T. Benshoof.

23.       A20-0522
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Darron Ware, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Edward J. Cleary.*
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Joseph T. Carter.

 
* Retired judge of Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
 
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
April 12, 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, April 12, 2021

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