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 11, 2021



NO PRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS FILED
 
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS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 11, 2021

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



1.         A21-0223
            James Lamar Davis, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Paul Scoggin.

2.         A21-0027
            Edward Curtis, Jr., Relator, vs. ARG Resources LLC, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

3.         A21-0472
            Eugene Gerald Secord, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Matthew M. Quinn.

4.         A21-0584
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Jeffrey Mark Kushinski, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Amy R. Brosnahan.

5.         A20-1338
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tracy Cortez Stringer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon Japaul J Harris.

6.         A21-0341
            Jeffrey Scott Jovaag, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Melissa Jo Helene Jovaag, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Rex D. Stacey.

7.         A21-0055
            In re the Matter of: Gerardine Wiggins, Respondent, vs. Roger Wiggins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Charlene Hatcher.

8.         A20-1627
            Gary Gruett, Appellant, vs. Victoria Labriola, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.*
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.
 
* Retired judge of the 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
October 11, 2021


1.         A21-0141
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. James Paul Wilkins, Appellant.
            Reversed and Remanded.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Hilary L. Caligiuri.

2.         A20-1625
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brett Michael Wood, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Barbara R. Hanson.

3.         A20-0488
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Terry Allen Stewart, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Barbara R. Hanson.

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 11, 2021

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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  5. Open the extracted file.

Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

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