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 and previously released Special Term Orders.
 

NOTE: If you are having trouble accessing the tabs on your mobile device, you may view all Opinions on a single page.


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 26, 2024


A23-1176   In the Matter of the Child of: M. E. P. and T. H. V., Parents.
                    Wright County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth Strand.
          1. The district court did not err by determining that a five-year-old child with an
aggressive form of cancer is in need of protection or services because his parents had rejected a physician’s recommendation that the child continue to receive a chemotherapy treatment that is widely accepted for the child’s type of cancer and likely is necessary for the child’s survival.
          2. The district court’s order requiring chemotherapy treatment for a five-year-old child with an aggressive form of cancer, over his parents’ objection, does not violate the parents’ constitutional rights to the care, custody, and control of their child in light of the district court’s findings that the chemotherapy treatment is well accepted in the medical community and that the child’s probability of survival is more than 90 percent with the treatment and less than 20 percent without the treatment.
          Affirmed. Judge Matthew E. Johnson.

A23-1199   In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: K. O. and D. W., Commissioner of Human Services, Legal Custodian.
                    Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Stephen L. Smith.
          Under Minnesota Statutes section 260C.181 (2022), a child who is taken into custody
pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 260C.175 (2022) and has not been alleged to be
delinquent, may be held in a secure detention facility for no more than 24 hours.
          Reversed. Judge Jonathan P. Schmidt.
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 26, 2024

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


1.   A23-1371
      In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Norberto Hugo Salinas.
      Affirmed. Judge Kevin G. Ross.
      Commitment Appeal Panel.

2.   A23-1012
      Vernon G. Muggli, Appellant, vs. Leiding Township, Respondent, Kenneth Brokaw, et al., Defendants.
      Affirmed. Judge Kevin G. Ross.
      St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Andrew R. Peterson.

3.   A23-0565
      In the Matter of the Petition of U.S. Bank, National Association as Legal Title Trustee for Truman 2016 SC6 Title Trust For a New Certificate of Title
      after Mortgage Foreclosure Sale.
      Affirmed. Judge Kevin G. Ross.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. James Moore .

4.   A23-1506
      In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Christopher Cody Johnson a/k/a Natasha Johnson ("Tasha").
      Affirmed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
      Renville County District Court, Hon. Laurence J. Stratton.

5.   A23-0488
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Damarcus Deontay Holloway, Appellant.
      Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
      Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Mark Edward Betters.

6.   A23-0775
      Ester Berestov, on behalf of minor children, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Betsalel Berestov, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Tracy M. Smith.
      Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Gregory J. Anderson.

7.   A23-0362
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Reginald Scott Hubbard, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Tracy M. Smith.
      Yellow Medicine County District Court, Hon. Keith Helgeson.

8.   A23-1175
      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: A. S., D. S., C. P., J. H., Parents.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
      Faribault County District Court, Hon. Troy Timmerman.

9.   A23-1010
      State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Eric Alan Gramentz, Respondent.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Jennifer Frisch.
      Brown County District Court, Hon. Allison Krehbiel-Baskfield.

10. A23-0523
      Matthew Lalone, et al., Respondents, vs. Daniel Joseph Duerst, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
      Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Shari R. Schluchter.

11. A23-0117
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeffrey Velt Murray, Appellant.
      Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam

12. A23-1227
      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: M. M. M., Parent.
      Affirmed. Judge Sarah Wheelock.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding
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 26, 2024


1.   A23-1055
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Carl Christopher Brown, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Renee L. Worke.
      Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Krista J. Jass.

2.   A23-1253
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Leonard Barnell Batiste, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Paul Yang.

3.   A23-1298
      In re the Guardianship of Jeymy Marmol Ayala.
      Reversed and remanded; Motion Granted. Judge Jennifer Frisch.
      Anoka County District Court, Hon. John Dehen.

4.   A23-1193
      Maikijah HaKeem, Appellant, vs. Jodi Harpstead, Commissioner of DHS, et al., Respondents.
      Affirmed; Motion Denied. Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
      Carlton County District Court, Hon. Rebekka Stumme.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

Opinion SetsAs of June 1, 2023, the Court of Appeals no longer provides opinion sets in Word Document format and Rich Text Format. Opinions are available in PDF format under the Opinions tabs on this site.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, February 26, 2024

Opinion Set in a Zipped PDF Format

  1. Click the above link.
  2. Save the unzipped file to your computer.
  3. Choose the "Open" option on the Download Complete screen.
  4. Extract the files to a location of your choice.
  5. Open the extracted file.