Court of Appeals Opinions


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Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10:00 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday. When a Monday is a holiday, opinions are issued on Tuesday.   

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 other business days.  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 and previously released Special Term Orders.
 

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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, February 6, 2023



A22-0550        In re City of Cohasset's Decision on the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Frontier Project.          
                         City of Cohasset.
            Preparation of an environmental-impact statement is mandatory under Minnesota Rule 4410.4400, subpart 20 (2021), when a proposed project will eliminate a public waters wetland.  Under Minnesota Statutes section 103G.005, subd. 15a (2022), public waters wetlands have two qualifying characteristics—wetland type and minimum acreage.  A proposed project will eliminate a public waters wetland if it will deprive the public waters wetland of either of its two qualifying characteristics.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Concurring in part and dissenting in part, Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
 
 
 
A22-0928        Lisa Stone, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, Respondent, vs. Invitation Homes, Inc., et al., Appellants, THR
                         Property Management, L.P., et al., Defendants.
    
                         Hennepin County District Court, Hon. James Moore.
              An order denying a defendant’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted is immediately appealable when the defendant’s motion is based on the plaintiff’s lack of standing.
              Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  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, February 6, 2023

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


 
1.         A22-0609
            Athena 2004, LLC, Respondent, vs. LC Rochester, Inc., et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Christina Kilbo Stevens.
           
2.         A22-0499
            Erica Hopper McMullen, petitioner, Respondent, vs. James Jason McMullen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Michael E. Burns.
           
3.         A22-0827
            Aretina Tiaira Williams, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.
           
4.         A22-0663
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Clinton Daniel Mattingly, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Amy E. Lukasavitz.
           
5.         A20-0911
            Kjell Bjorn Peterson, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Rosslyn Jean Kendrick, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Sally Tarnowski.
           
6.         A22-0957
            In re the Estate of: Wade Scott Carlson, Deceased.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Phillip Carruthers.
 
7.         A22-0182
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Adam Frederick King, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher.
           
8.         A22-0932
            Ronald Hagle, et al., Appellants, vs. Erickson, Bell, Beckman & Quinn, P.A., et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Amy R. Brosnahan.
           
9.         A22-0605
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Manuel Braulio Barrios, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Paul Scoggin.
           
10.       A22-1220
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Roy Vincent Aguirre.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Karen Asphaug.
           
11.       A22-0898
            Jonathan G. Foss, Respondent, vs. Mark Scott Savage, Appellant, Susan Foss, et al., Third
            Party Defendants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. M. Jacqueline Regis.
           
12.       A21-0976
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Shane Aaron Stroschein, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Benton County District Court, Hon. Michael S. Jesse.
           
13.       A22-1160
            Douglas Kemp, Appellant, vs. State Farm Insu.rance Company, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Sara R. Grewing.
           
14.       A22-0387
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Douglas Allan Treu, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Wabasha County District Court, Hon. Christopher A. Neisen.
           
15.       A22-0242
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Bryant Jerome Stephenson, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. William J. Cashman.
           
16.       A22-0342
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeffrey Christopher Gusciora, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Amy R. Brosnahan.
           
17.       A22-0955
            Antonio Terrell Beasley, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.
           
18.       A22-0319
            In Re: Henry Hickman, Appellant, vs. Paul Schnell, Commissioner of MN Dept. of
            Corrections, et al., Defendants, Sgt. D. Franklin, Corrections Officer at Rush City MN,
            State Prison, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Jesse Seabrooks, II.
           
19.       A22-0970
            Gene Stengel, Appellant, vs. Casey's Retail Company d/b/a Casey's General Stores, Inc.,
            Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Yellow Medicine County District Court, Hon. Keith Helgeson.
           
20.       A22-0672
            Roger Francis Miller, et al., Appellants, vs. Baytown Township, a Minnesota Municipal
            Corporation, Respondent, Derrick Custom Homes, LLC, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Francis Green, III.
           
21.       A22-0213
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Shana Renee Petersen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Patricia A. Aanes.
           
22.       A22-0894
            Jay Tody Construction, LLC, Respondent, vs. Justin Schlegel, et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. Christopher J. Strandlie.
           
23.       A21-1297
            East Phillips Neighborhood Institute, Inc., et al., Relators, vs. The City of Minneapolis,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            City of Minneapolis.
           
24.       A22-1025
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brent Richmond Perdue, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Sarah Wheelock.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Andrew R. Pearson.
           
25.       A22-0680
            Jacob Robuck, et al., Relators, vs. Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Elise Larson.
            Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
           
26.       A22-0691
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. James Darnell Posey, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.*
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. George Stephenson.
 
* 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
February 6, 2023



1.         A22-0594
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ishman Lashaunn Richmond, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Sheridan Hawley.
           
2.         A22-0939
            In re the Estate of: Micheal Moroni Gould, a/k/a Micheal M. Gould, Michael Gould
            and Micheal Gould, Decedent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Jeanine R. Brand.
 

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