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 Tuesday, January 18, 2022



NO PRECEDENTIAL OPINION 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Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS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 Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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



1.         A21-0709
            Jesse Smith, Appellant, vs. City of Crosby, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Eric J. Askegaard.

2.         A21-0801
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: M. A. M. and M. A. C., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Grant County District Court, Hon. Amy J. Doll.

3.         A21-0174
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jaston Cody Mattson, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Andrew R. Peterson.

4.         A21-0493
            In re Custody of KCDC DOB 1-9-2018.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Todd County District Court, Hon. Daniel A. Benson.

5.         A21-0641
            In re the Estate of: Richard W. Koberoski, Deceased.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Watonwan County District Court, Hon. Gregory J. Anderson.

6.         A21-0700
            Windcliff Association, Inc., Appellant, vs. Aaron Breyfogle, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Wabasha County District Court, Hon. Christopher A. Neisen.

7.         A21-0448
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jaren Joseph Dodds, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.

8.         A21-0876
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  A. D. B. and R. N. L., Parents.
            Reversed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Andrew R. Pearson.

9.         A21-0732
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Steven Wayne Haney, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Bethany A. Fountain Lindberg.

10.       A21-0246
            Aspen Builders and Remodelers, Inc., Respondent, vs. Shauna Raisch, et al.,
            Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Susan Robiner.

11.       A21-0529
            Minnesota Voters Alliance, et al., Appellants, vs. The City of Minneapolis, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Concurring specially, Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Thomas Gilligan, Jr.

12.       A21-0805
            In the Matter of the Welfare of Q. D. T., Child.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.
 
 
* 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
January 18, 2022


1.         A21-0650
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Henry Albert Allison, Jr., Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Traverse County District Court, Hon. Charles Glasrud.

2.         A21-0979
            Kevin P. Sweetnam, Appellant, vs. Shari Sweetnam, a/k/a Shari Sweetnam Vlatkovich,
            Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Heidi M. Chandler.

3.         A21-0933
            In the Matter of the Appointment of a Trustee for the Next of Kin of Daunte Demetrius
            Wright, Decedent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bridget Sullivan.

4.         A21-0189
            Charles Todd Bragg, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Sarah E. Hennesy.

5.         A21-0524
            Minnesota State Patrol Supervisors Association, Respondent, vs. John Harrington, et al.,
            Appellants.
            Dismissed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Thomas Gilligan, Jr.
 

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 Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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