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, November 28, 2022



A22-0049        In the Matter of the Short Call Substitute Teaching License Application of Jeronimo Yanez.
                         Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.
             To avoid constitutional infirmity, “immoral character or conduct” that is grounds for
denial of an application for a teaching license under Minn. Stat. § 122A.20, subd. 1(a)(1) (2020), must relate to professional morals in the occupation of teaching and indicate that the individual is unfit to teach.
             Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
 
 
 
A21-1648        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Corey Lynden Stone, Appellant.
                         Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Mark J. Herzing.
             A group of unassembled shotgun parts can constitute a “firearm” within the meaning of Minn. Stat. § 609.165, subd. 1b(a) (2020), so long as it is possible to assemble the parts into a firearm as defined by caselaw.
             Affirmed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
 
 
 
A21-1560        Larry Jonnell Gilbert, petitioner, Respondent, vs. State of Minnesota, Appellant.
                         Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Sarah S. West.
             I.          If the state asserts that a postconviction claim is procedurally barred under State vKnaffla, 243 N.W.2d 737 (Minn. 1976), the postconviction court abuses its discretion by granting relief without either explicitly determining that the claim is not procedurally barred or explaining an implied determination to that effect.
             II.        An expert witness’s trial testimony is not false under the first prong of the
Larrison test for false testimony merely because it is inconsistent with the posttrial testimony of a different expert.
            Reversed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
 
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, November 28, 2022

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



1.         A22-0519
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Patrick Alfonso Terrell, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Lisa R Hayne.

2.         A21-1664
            Chris Marquis McMorris, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

3.         A22-0133
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jermaine Kershawn Perry, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Nicole J. Starr.
 
4.         A22-0446
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Sean Douglas English, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Jeanine R. Brand.

5.         A22-0003
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Frank Joseph Tregoning, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Bridgid E. Dowdal.

6.         A21-1414
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Morris Silas Dodd, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Jay D. Carlson.

7.         A22-0828
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: J. J. F., II, and M. J. B., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Siv Mjanger.

8.         A22-0221
            Joanne Nicola Kinney, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Patrick William Kinney, Respondent.
            Reversed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.

9.         A22-0798
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: J. J. F., II, and M. J. B., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Siv Mjanger.

10.       A21-1020
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Edward Valentine Forsythe, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Nathaniel Welte.

11.       A22-0263
            Tyler Rentfrow, Appellant, vs. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bridget Sullivan.

12.       A22-0206
            Tyler Douglas Flantz, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Bethany A. Fountain Lindberg.

13.       A22-0314
            William B. Wood, et al., Appellants, vs. County of Blue Earth, Respondent, Mesenbrink
            Construction, et al., Respondents Below.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Kurt D. Johnson.

14.       A22-0787
            In the Matter of the Revenue Recapture of Robert P. Webber.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.*
            Office of Administrative Hearings.

15.       A21-1735
            Daniel J. Engstrom, Appellant, vs. Whitebirch Inc., et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.*
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Patricia A. Aanes.
 
 
* 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
November 28, 2022



1.         A22-0876
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Madonna Margaret Thiner.
            Remanded.  Judge Elise L. Larson.
            Martin County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Trushenski.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, November 28, 2022

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