Court of Appeals Opinions

Opinion Policies

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.

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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 3, 2022



A22-0275        Kelly Schneider, et al., on behalf of themselves and all others similarly  situated, Appellants, vs. Children's Health Care,
                        
d/b/a Children's Hospital and Clinics, et al.,  Respondents.     
                         Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Laura Nelson.
            Minnesota Statutes section 144.293, subdivision 2 (2020), of the Minnesota Health Records Act plainly permits the disclosure of a patient’s health records without the patient’s consent when the disclosure is specifically authorized in a federal regulation implementing the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that allows health care providers to disclose certain health information to an institutionally related foundation for the purpose of raising funds for the provider’s benefit.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.

Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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 3, 2022

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



1.         A21-1746
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joseph Troy Horton, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Mary B. Mahler and Hon. Shan C. Wang.

2.         A21-1724
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Terrence Davone Olive, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Stearns County District Court, Crim, Hon. Matthew E. Engelking.

3.         A21-1595
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Preston Scott Sharlow, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Paul Scoggin.

4.         A21-1621
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christian Portillo, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. George Stephenson.

5.         A21-1556
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Molandas Dionne Johnson, Appellant..
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Annie Pat Claesson-Huseby.

6.         A21-1461
            Michael F. Kohorst, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Teressa L. Kohorst, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Timothy T. Mulrooney.

7.         A22-0410
            Mesabi Metallics Company, LLC, et al., Appellants, vs. Minnesota Department of Natural
            Resources, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Robert Awsumb.

8.         A21-1602
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Skylar Edmond Labarge, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Paul Scoggin.

9.         A21-1370
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kymone Leandre Scott, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

10.       A21-1440
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Stephen Prince, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Sarah Wheelock.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Karen R Duncan.

11.       A22-0180
            Kenneth Kuk, et al., Appellants, Joseph VanKeulen Revocable Living Trust, et al.,
            Plaintiffs,  vs. Township of Custer, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Elise Larson.
            Lyon County District Court, Hon. Patrick R Rohland.

12.       A21-1640
            Arch Insurance Company, as subrogee of Centre Rental, Inc., Respondent, vs. Michael
            Quistorff, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Elise Larson.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Shan C. Wang.

13.       A21-1433
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kemar Anthony Hawkins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.*
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Kelly Olmstead.

14.       A22-0097
            Kelsey Anne Canaday, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Haley Jo Canaday, Appellant, and
            Edward Lee Hogan, Respondent.
            Reversed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Thomas J. Conley.
 
* 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 3, 2022



1.         A22-0351
            Troy K. Scheffler, Appellant, vs. Menard, Inc., Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Sara R. Grewing.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, October 3, 2022

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