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, May 16, 2022


 
NO PRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS FILED
 
  

SPECIAL TERM OPINION

  
A22-0311        In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: A. J. J. and J. D. J., Parents.
                         Itasca County District Court, Hon. Korey D. Wahwassuck.
            In a termination-of-parental-rights proceeding, a district court may order investigation into whether children involved in that proceeding are Indian children under the Indian Child Welfare Act or the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act, notwithstanding a prior ruling in a related child-in-need-of-protection-or-services proceeding that the same children were not Indian children.
            Writ denied.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
 
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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, May 16, 2022

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



1.         A21-0502
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Lashone Ferguson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

2.         A21-1206
            In the Matter of the Surveillance and Integrity Review (SIRS) Appeal by Matthew
            Wright.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Minnesota Department of Human Services.

3.         A21-1081
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Allison Feierabend Scudder, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Kelly Olmstead.

4.         A21-1215
            Advantage Financial, LLC, Appellant, vs. Janice C. Marschel as Trustee for the Janice C.
            Marschel Revocable Trust, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Wright County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth Strand.

5.         A21-0926
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Cory Wiedeman, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Jay D. Carlson.

6.         A21-1110
            Justin McDuff, Relator, vs. Half Moon Clippers, LLC - Great Clips, Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

7.         A21-1045
            Tyler Toenjes, Relator, vs. SpartanNash Associates, LLC, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

8.         A21-0969
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Shane Kenneth Wallace, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Vicki Taylor.

9.         A21-1576
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Walter Johann Happel.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Juanita C. Freeman.

10.       A21-1364
            Roger Reyes Victoria, Relator, vs. Long Prairie Packing Company Inc., Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

11.       A21-1346
            Michaela Dojcinovic Bachmayer, NKA Michaela Dojcinovic, petitioner, Respondent, vs.
            Kyle Dalke Bachmayer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter.

12.       A21-0776
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Amber Kay Barrow, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Mary B. Mahler.

13.       A21-1144
            Kenneth Kuller, Relator, vs. Supervalu, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment
            and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

14.       A21-0779
            In re: Guardianship of Ednord Alcenat.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Phillip Carruthers.

15.       A21-1514
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Algene Leeland Vossen, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Stephen J. Wentzell.

16.       A21-1465
            Heidi Kay Wiplinger obo minor children, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Nicholas John
            Wiplinger, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Lisa R Hayne.

17.       A21-1331
            Sharon Powers-Potter, Relator, vs. Data Recognition Corporation, Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

18.       A21-1038
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Trejuan Dominic Miller, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Laura Marie Thomas.

19.       A21-0156
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mark Franklin, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Sarah Wheelock.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kerry Meyer.

20.       A21-1572
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Renaldo Valentino Sept, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward J. Cleary.*
            Dissenting, Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Kellie Charles.
 
* Retired judge 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
May 16, 2022



1.         A21-1027
            Wadena County, Relator, vs. Michael Pete, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Dismissed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

2.         A21-0613
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Derrick Dewayne Blanton, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.


 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, May 16, 2022

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