Minnesota Supreme Court Decisions 2021

State v. Sargent  
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1554

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of illegal possession of ammunition, holding that the district court erred by denying Defendant's motion to suppress. During a traffic stop, law enforcement officers que...

State v. Morgan  
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1902

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that Defendant's prior conviction counted as a felony in his criminal history score under Minn. Stat. 152.025, subd. 4(a), holding that there was n...

Madison Equities, Inc. v. Office of Attorney General  
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0434

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming in part and reversing in part the judgment of the district court granting the Attorney General's motion to compel responses to a civil inv...

State v. Wigham  
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0857

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the district court ordering Defendant to pay a total of $87,500 in restitution to two victims, holding that the district court did no...

State v. Irby  
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0375

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of obtaining public assistance to which he was not entitled through willfully false statements, holding that there was no e...

In re Polaris, Inc. v. Polaris, Inc.  
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0427

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals denying a writ of prohibition sought by Polaris, Inc. to prevent disclosure of a report in the underlying product-liability lawsuit brought by Colby Thompso...

State v. Fugalli  
Date: December 1, 2021
Docket Number: A19-2007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's presentence motion to withdraw his guilty plea, holding that there was no error. During hi...

Poitra v. Short  
Date: November 24, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0491

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court dismissing this insurance dispute for failure to state a claim, holding that resident-relative exclusions do no...

State v. Holl  
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1464

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming in part and reversing in part Defendant's convictions, holding that Minn. Stat. 634.093 requires a defendant's confession to be corroborated by in...

Jepsen v. County of Pope  
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0271

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's grant of summary judgment to Respondents and dismissing Appellant's wrongful death action on grounds of common law official i...

Bolstad v. State  
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Number: A21-0511

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court construing Defendant's motion to correct his sentence as an untimely third postconviction petition, holding that the district court did not err. After a jury...

Onyelobi v. State  
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Number: A21-0517

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's decision summarily denying Defendant's second petition for postconviction relief, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's petition for postconvic...

Samuels v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: A21-1169, A21-1170

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court granting Respondents' petition to strike a revised question from the ballot, holding that the district court erred. Respondents filed a petition to correct t...

In re Trust of Lawrence B. Schwagerl  
Date: October 27, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1814

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court in this case arising out of a dispute between the children of Lawrence and Phyllis...

State v. Taylor  
Date: October 13, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0425

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals holding that a law enforcement officer lawfully expanded the scope of the underlying traffic stop in this case, holding the court of appeals did not err. D...

Thoresen v. State  
Date: October 13, 2021
Docket Number: A20-1221

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court summarily denying Appellant's claims for postconviction relief, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion. After a jury trial, Defendant w...

Bierbach v. Digger's Polaris  
Date: October 13, 2021
Docket Number: A20-1525

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the workers' compensation court of appeals (WCCA) affirming the decision of the compensation judge granting Respondent's claim petition seeking reimbursement from his former emp...

Musta v. Mendota Heights Dental Center & Hartford Insurance Group  
Date: October 13, 2021
Docket Number: A20-1551

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) upholding a compensation judge's order requiring Employer to reimburse Employee for medical cannabis, holding that the WCCA err...

In re Welfare of the Child of K.K.
Date: September 29, 2021
Docket Numbers: A20-1349, A20-1351
Staub v. Myrtle Lake Resort, LLC
Date: September 22, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0267
State v. Noor  
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1089

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of depraved-mind murder and remanded this case to the district court for Defendant to be sentenced on a second-degree manslaughter conviction, holding that Defendant coul...

State v. Epps  
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1626

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, holding that the modified plain error doctrine was not satisfied in this case. On appeal, Defendan...

State v. Robinette  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0679

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirmed Defendant's conviction but remanding the case to the district court for Defendant to be resentenced in accordance with modified guidelines, holding...

State v. Malone  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Numbers: A19-1559, A19-1560

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals determining that the district court judge presiding in the prosecution of Defendant was not disqualified or prohibited from presiding over Defendant's case,...

State v. McCoy  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0485

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the district court granting Defendant's motion to suppress his statements to his probation officer and a polygraph administrator a...

Sheridan v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: A21-0007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Tax Court upholding that constitutionality of the Minnesota sales or use tax for aircraft purchases, holding that Minn. Const. art. X, 5 bars only the application of duplica...

State v. Allwine  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Numbers: A18-0846, A20-1588

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree premeditated murder and the decision of the district court denying Defendant's petition for postconviction relief, holding that there was no error. Speci...

State v. Lufkins  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1809

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court overruling Appellant's objection to the State's peremptory strike of a prospective juror, holding that Appellant did not meet his burden of proving that the S...

Walmart Inc. v. Winona County  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Numbers: A19-1877, A19-1878

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirmed the orders of the district court dismissing Appellant's constitutional claims asserting discrimination in the tax assessments of its properties, ho...

Aili v. State  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Numbers: A20-0205, A20-0206, A20-0228, A20-0229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the orders of the district courts in four cases summarily denying postconviction petitions as untimely, holding that the petitions in this case we...

Johnson v. Darchuks Fabrications, Inc.  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0963

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) affirming the determination of the compensation judge that Respondent's treatment with opioid medication for a work-related ank...

In re Civil Commitment of Kenney  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: A20-1007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the Commitment Appeal Panel (CAP) granting Appellant's petition for provisional discharge, holding that the record evidence reason...

Hagen v. Steven Scott Management, Inc.  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1224

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant on Plaintiff's complaint alleging...

State v. McInnis  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0492

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder for the deaths of an adult and an infant, holding that the district court erred in failing to suppress Defendant's stat...

State v. Powers  
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1856

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of first-degree criminal damage to property, holding that reasonable estimates on the cost to repair or replace damaged pro...

State v. Hatch  
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0176

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's pretrial motion to strike down Minn. Stat. 624.714, subd. 1a, the permit-to-carry statute, and convicting Defendant of violating the statu...

In re H.G.D.  
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: A20-1182

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court finding that Mother's child was in need of protection or services, holding that the district court properly con...

Roach v. County of Becker  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: A19-2083

Justia Opinion Summary: In this property dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals determining that Joseph and Jennifer Roach's appeal was not barred by their acceptance of a remittitu...

State v. Reimer  
Date: July 14, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1801

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that a Blakely violation committed by the district court at a sentencing hearing was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt, holding that the Blakely...

Griffin v. State  
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: A20-1449

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court summarily denying Appellant's third petition for postconviction relief as untimely, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion. After a jur...

Glacier Park Iron Ore Properties, LLC, v. United States Steel Corp.  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1923

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court determining that the district court, and not the arbitrator, was to decide whether the parties' dispute was subject to arbitration, holding that the district...

City of Waconia v. Dock  
Date: June 16, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1099

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals holding that the City of Waconia's ordinance was subject to the procedural requirements of Minn. Stat. 462.357 for municipal zo...

Reimringer v. Anderson  
Date: June 16, 2021
Docket Number: A19-2045

Justia Opinion Summary: In this landlord-tenant dispute, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's denial of Tenant's claim for treble damages under Minn. Stat. 504B.231, holding that remand...

State v. Woods  
Date: June 16, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0669

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part Defendant's conviction of first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree intentional murder, and being an ineligible person in possession of a firearm, holding tha...

Bergstrom v. McEwen  
Date: June 9, 2021
Docket Number: A21-0082

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's election contest filed under Minn. Stat. 209.021, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Supreme Cou...

Honke v. Honke  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0448

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court amending a spousal maintenance award granting in favor of Respondent, Appellant's former wife, holding that the district court abused its discretion in decidi...

State v. Mikell  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0732

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court finding Defendant guilty of violating a domestic abuse no contact order (DANCO), holding that the State did not...

State v. Sutter  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1045

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of theft under a principal theory of criminal liability and of being an indelible person in possession of a firearm, holdin...

State v. Berry  
Date: May 5, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0436

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the requirement that Defendant register as a predatory offender based on her conviction for aiding an offender to avoid arrest, holding that Defen...

State v. Friese  
Date: May 5, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0451

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for exposing her child, T.D., to methamphetamine, holding that the State's evidence was sufficient to prove that T.D. was subjected to a risk of harm from methamphetamine...

State v. Boss  
Date: May 5, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1671

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction of violating Minn. Stat. 260C.425, subd. 1(a), holding that section 260C.425, subd. 1 does not require the State to prove t...

Leuthard v. Independent School District 912  
Date: April 28, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0893

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) vacating factual findings made by the workers' compensation judge regarding the reasonableness and necessity of an employee's m...

In re Minnesota Power's Petition for Approval of the EnergyForward Resource Package  
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Numbers: A19-0688, A19-0704

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission erred by approving affiliated-interest agreements under Minn. Stat. 216B.48, subdivision 3 without...

Werlich v. Schnell  
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0829

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the district court granting the Commissioner of Correction's motion to dismiss Plaintiff's action see...

Manselle v. Krogstad  
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0076

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals denying Appellants' petition for a writ of mandamus after the district court denied Appellants' motion to transfer venue or, an the alternative, their motio...

King's Cove Marina, LLC v. Lambert Commercial Construction LLC  
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0078

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the district court's determination that the insurance policy at issue covered all of the c...

State v. Schwartz  
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0786

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals determining that Minn. Stat. 169A.20, subd. 1(7) is a strict liability offense that does not require the State to prove knowledge as an element of the crime...

Hannon v. State  
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0396

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's fourth petition for postconviction relief, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in summarily denying Appellant's p...

State v. Zaldivar-Proenza  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0157

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction, holding that the State's discovery motion at Defendant's first court appearance seeking to photograph transitory scratches...

State v. Coleman  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0708

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of third-degree depraved mind murder under Minn. Stat. 609.195(a), holding that Defendant failed to show that an erroneous...

Zephier v. Agate  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0907

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court denying Plaintiff's claim in conciliation court against Defendants seeking replevi...

State v. Serbus  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1921

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court determining that the interior of a private motor vehicle is not a public place when it is not regularly held op...

State, ex rel. Young v. Schnell  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: A17-1741

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the conclusion of the court of appeals that this appeal was moot but affirmed the court's decision dismissing the appeal, holding that Appellant, a Level III predatory offender serving the cond...

Johnson v. State  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1147

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that the United States Supreme Court's decision in Missouri v. McNeely, 569 U.S. 141 (2013), is substantive in the context of a conviction for te...

State v. Khalil  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1281

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, holding that a person is mentally incapacitated under Minn. Stat. 609.341, subd. 7...

State v. Montano  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0756

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of first-degree premeditated murder of Andrew Gokee and attempted first-degree premeditated murder of Hudson Gauthier, holding that the d...

Reetz v. City of Saint Paul  
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1425

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that Officer Eric Reetz was not entitled to defense and indemnification from his employer, the Cit...

Johnston v. State  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0672

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's denial of Appellant's petition for postconviction relief after determining that his stay of adjudication and discharge from p...

In re Year 2019 Salary of Freeborn County Sheriff  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1363

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the determination of the district court that the Freeborn County Board of Commissioners acted arbitrarily when it set the 2019 salary of the Freeb...

In re Issuance of Air Emissions Permit No. 13700345-101 for PolyMet Mining, Inc.  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Numbers: A19-0115, A19-0134

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that the factual findings of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency were "insufficient to facilitate judicial review" of a permitting decision, h...

Menard, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0241

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the tax court concluding that Menard, Inc. was not entitled to an offset on its sales tax liability under Minn. Stat. 297A.81, holding that the tax court correctly concluded tha...

In re Reissuance of NPDES/SDS Permit to United States Steel Corp.  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: A18-2094, A18-2095, A18-2159, A18-2163

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that groundwater is a Class 1 water under Minnesota law and therefore subject to secondary drinking water standards promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2018,...

State by Smart Growth Minneapolis v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0999

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court holding that the adoption of a comprehensive plan is not a proper subject of a claim under the Minnesota Enviro...

Hall v. City of Plainview  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0606

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court granting the City of Plainview's motion to dismiss Donald Hall's contract and statutory claims, holding that the City had a contr...

Moore v. Robinson Environmental, Inc.  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0668

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging that he witnessed Defendant's workers violate safety protocols resulting in contamination of his home, holding that...

Miller v. Molloy  
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0372

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed as modified as modified the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court denying Maria Molloy's motion to intervene in Pamela Spera's proceeding seeking enforce...

Halva v. Minnesota State Colleges & Universities  
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0481

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case alleging that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) failed to maintain and produce certain government data the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals holding that Plaintiff's...

Pfoser v. Harpstead  
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0853

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court reversing a transfer penalty imposed by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services on David...

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