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.
 

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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, April 8, 2024


A23-0571   State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Paul Scott Seeman, Respondent.
                    Rice County District Court, Hon. Christine Long.
          Before the state has a duty to bring forward evidence to prove the amount of loss for an item of restitution at a hearing on an offender’s challenge under Minn. Stat. § 611A.045, subd. 3  (2022), the offender’s sworn affidavit submitted in support of the challenge must, at a minimum, be sufficiently detailed to put the state on notice that the offender is challenging the amount of loss for that item.
          Affirmed in part, reversed in part. Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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, April 8, 2024

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


1.   A23-0351
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Chad William Buckley, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Francis J. Connolly.
      Dakota County District Court, Hon. Bryce A.D. Ehrman.

2.   A23-1285
      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: K. F. and M. L., Parents.
      Affirmed. Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
      St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Dale O. Harris.

3.   A23-0716
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ryan Timothy Kellen, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
      Stearns County District Court, Hon. Mary B. Mahler.

4.   A23-1152
      Alan Joseph Zakrajshek, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
      St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Andrew R. Peterson.

5.   A23-1358
      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: V. R. R. and M. A. H., Parents, Commissioner of Human Services, Legal Custodian.
      Affirmed. Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
      Wadena County District Court, Hon. Douglas B. Clark.

6.   A23-0418
      Renee Caroline McGeary, petitioner, Respondent, vs. John Patrick McGeary, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
      Anoka County District Court, Hon. John Dehen.

7.   A23-0922
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Nicholas John Reinert, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
      Stearns County District Court, Hon. Sarah E. Hennesy.

8.   A23-0142
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ali Ahmed Omar, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel C. Moreno.

9.   A23-0709
      Omar Kwabena Walford, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Timothy Carey.

10. A23-1209
      Craig Stevenson, et al., Appellants, vs. Sean Stevenson, et al., Respondents.
      Affirmed. Judge Randall J. Slieter.
      Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Kevin Miller.

11.  A23-1121
      Ronald Lindsey Reed, Appellant, vs. Minnesota Department of Corrections, et al., Respondents.
      Affirmed. Judge Randall J. Slieter.
      Anoka County District Court, Hon. Todd R. Schoffelman.

12. A23-0988
      Blake Riley Loss, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Appellant.
      Reversed. Judge Sarah Wheelock.
      Anoka County District Court, Hon. Thomas R. Lehmann.

13. A23-0844
      State of Minnesota, by its Commissioner of Transportation, Respondent, vs. Richard R. Compart, et al., Respondents Below, Compart's Boar Store,
      Inc., et al., Appellants.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Elise Larson.
      Nicollet County District Court, Hon. Allison Krehbiel-Baskfield.

14. A22-1685
      Rachel Marie Benedict, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Thomas Jerry Benedict, Appellant.
      Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Elise Larson.
      Scott County District Court, Hon. Colleen G. King.

15. A23-1140, A23-1143
      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: S. L. G. and H. W. G., Parents.
      Affirmed. Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.*
      Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Charles D. Halverson.

16. A23-1330
      Ramsey County Child Support, Appellant, Catrina Yvonne Smith, Respondent, vs. Darrious Ray Young, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Michael L. Kirk.*
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Valisa L. McKinney.


* 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
April 8, 2024


1.   A23-0926
      Nicholas T. White, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Adrianna L Loesch, Respondent, County of Dakota, Intervenor.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
      Dakota County District Court, Hon. Arlene Perkkio.

2.   A23-0823
      Jerrmaine Winston Knowles, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Sarah Wheelock.
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Edward Sheu.

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, April 8, 2024

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