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FILED Wednesday, February 24, 2021


A20-0241        Menard, Inc., Relator vs. Commissioner of Revenue, Respondent.
                         Tax Court.
            Because there is no debt owed to relator, and relator’s revenue sharing agreement with a credit card lender does not make relator a guarantor of cardholder debt, relator is not entitled to an offset of sales tax liability under Minn. Stat. § 297A.81, subd. 1 (2020).
                        Affirmed. Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
A19-0115        In the Matter of Issuance of Air Emissions Permit No. 13700345-101 for Polymet
A19-0134        Mining, Inc., City of Hoyt Lakes, St. Louis County, Minnesota.
                         Court of Appeals.
            The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is not required under the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 7401–7671q, and its applicable regulations to investigate allegations of sham permitting when a source first applies for a synthetic minor source permit.
                        Reversed and remanded. Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
                        Took no part, Justice Paul C. Thissen.

A20-0089        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Samuel A. McCloud, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0069693.
                         Supreme Court.
            1.         The record supports the referee’s findings of fact and conclusions of law that respondent violated the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct by instructing a client not to attend a criminal pretrial hearing without legal justification and failing to communicate with the court or attend hearings.
            2.         To the extent that the referee relied on the fact that respondent’s misconduct occurred during probation as both a violation of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct and as an aggravating factor to increase respondent’s recommended discipline, the referee clearly erred.
            3.         Given the aggravating factors present, a 60-day suspension is the appropriate discipline for respondent after he instructed his client not to attend a criminal pretrial hearing with no legal justification, failed to request a continuance or otherwise communicate with the court regarding his planned absences from a pretrial hearing and a hearing designated as a trial date, and failed to attend these hearings.
                        Suspended. Per Curiam.


A20-0926        In re Petition for Reinstatement of Karl Steven Nastrom, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0312563.
                         Supreme Court.
            Reinstated.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
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FILED Wednesday, February 24, 2021

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.         State of Minnesota vs. Scott Howard Meyer – A19-1830 – Denied
2.         Casimir Robert Krithers vs. State of Minnesota – A19-2065 – Denied
3.         State of Minnesota vs. Tyler Ray Pauli – A19-1886 – Granted
4.         State of Minnesota vs. Dane Michael VanderVoort – A20-0123 – Denied
5.         Eric D. Humphreys, et al., Ann Humphreys Sellers vs. Janet Humphreys Krasner – A19-1775 – Denied
6.         Mark Moe vs. Perham Stockyards, Inc. – A20-0294 – Denied
7.         State of Minnesota vs. Korie Jermaine Wash – A19-1803 – Denied
8.         State of Minnesota vs. Abdullahi Ahmed Ali – A19-1467 – Denied
9.         State of Minnesota vs. Shawn Michael McCollum – A20-0253 – Denied
10.       In re the Guardianship of Paul Yankowiak, Jr., Ward – A20-0329 – Denied
11.       State of Minnesota vs. Antwan Darnell Cosey – A19-1616 – Denied
12.       State of Minnesota vs. Jay Rodney Richard Clayborne – A20-0060 – Denied
13.       Mitchell Le Dac Ho vs. State of Minnesota – A19-2035 – Denied
14.       Virginia Staub vs. Myrtle Lake Resort, LLC, James Lown – A20-0267 – Granted
15.       State of Minnesota vs. David Ronald Anderson – A19-0095 – Denied
16.       State of Minnesota vs. Richard Vang – A19-1945 – Denied
17.       State of Minnesota vs. Larry Dale Taylor – A20-0425 – Granted
18.       In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Mitchell Lee Kenney – A20-1007 – Granted
19.       Terance Simmons vs. Steven Community Apartments – A20-1569 – Denied