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Appeals Court Upholds Law In Breath Test Refusal Case

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a law that makes it a crime for someone to refuse a breath test when arrested for drunken driving. Monday’s ruling comes in the case of David Bennett, who was arrested after a 2013 crash and refused a breath test at the Ramsey County Jail.

07/27/2015

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Ruling: Cop Can Be Sued For Stolen Squad Car’s Role In Fatal Crash

A Crookston, Minnesota, police officer whose stolen squad car was involved in a fatal crash in 2011 is now facing a civil lawsuit.

06/29/2015

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Supreme Court Reinstates Priest’s Sex Misconduct Conviction

The Minnesota Supreme Court has reinstated a sexual misconduct conviction for a St. Paul priest accused of having sex with a woman who was seeking his spiritual advice.

06/24/2015

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Appeals Court Upholds Jeffery Trevino’s Murder Conviction

The Minnesota Court of Appeals is upholding the conviction of Jeffery Trevino, who was found guilty of murdering his wife. In January, Trevino’s attorney went in front of a three-judge panel at the appeals court to ask for a reduction in Trevino’s 27-year sentence.

03/30/2015

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Lawyer Wants Murder Conviction Overturned For Trevino

The lawyer for a convicted murderer was back in court Thursday to fight for his client. Jeffery Trevino was convicted in October of 2013 of killing his wife, Kira Steger, and dumping her body in the Mississippi River.

01/29/2015

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Court Revives Malpractice Case In Cancerous Transplant Death

A malpractice case for a Minnesota woman who died after receiving a transplant of a cancerous pancreas may be headed for a trial. The Minnesota Court of Appeals this week ruled the case against Dr. Ty Dunn should head to court in the death of Jodie Shierts, 36. The court says Dunn didn’t know the pancreas was infected with cancer but should have screened the donor more thoroughly.

01/03/2015

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Court of Appeals To Hear Mille Lacs Lake Lawsuit

The Minnesota Court of Appeals hears oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit filed by a group of Mille Lacs Lake resort owners and anglers upset with how the Department of Natural Resources manages the big lake’s walleye population.

11/20/2014

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DNR Rules Against Minnesota Bear Researcher

The state Department of Natural Resources has affirmed its decision to deny a permit to for putting radio collars on black bears to a Minnesota researcher who has gained international attention for his work.

09/24/2014

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Prosecutors Fight Dismissal Of LaDue Attempted Murder Charges

Just two days after a judge dismissed the attempted murder charges against the Waseca teen accused of plotting to bomb his school, 17-year-old John LaDue made a court appearance Wednesday morning. Transported from a juvenile detention facility in Red Wing, LaDue was back in a Waseca courtroom to learn if he would be tried as an adult.

07/30/2014

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Appeals Could Upholds Head Shop Injunctions

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the injunctions that shut down a Duluth head shop that openly sold synthetic drugs. In an opinion Monday, a three-judge appeals panel said a lower court’s permanent injunctions against the Last Place on Earth were justified.

07/28/2014

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Legal Fight Over Senate Building Takes New Turn

A legal fight threatening to hold up construction of a new building for Minnesota state senators has taken a new turn. A former state lawmaker suing to block the building failed Tuesday to meet a deadline for posting an $11 million surety bond.

05/27/2014

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Appeals Court: Man ‘Pursued’ Deer While In Blind

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a man who had a loaded weapon while he was concealed in a deer blind was “pursuing” deer under state law — and that he needed a hunting license.

12/23/2013

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Dayton Announces 2 Appeals Court Vacancies

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s seeking applications for two upcoming at-large vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

12/09/2013

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New Chief Judge Of Minn. Appeals Court Being Sworn

Judge Edward Cleary is starting his stint as head of the Minnesota Court of Appeals at his former high school. Cleary was to be sworn in as the court’s chief judge Monday at Cretin-Derham Hall High School.

11/04/2013

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Minn. Court Hits Law Against ‘Advising’ Suicide

The Minnesota Court of Appeals says a state law against “advising” people on committing suicide is unconstitutional. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the law is an overly broad restriction on free speech.

09/30/2013

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Cleary Named To Top Spot On Minn. Appeals Court

The first person Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals became his choice Wednesday to lead the 19-member court.

09/18/2013

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Minnesota Court Clears Way For Minerals Leases

The state does not need to order environmental reviews when it awards leases for rights to explore for metallic minerals such as copper and nickel, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

09/09/2013

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Manslaughter Conviction Reversed In Hunter Case

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed the manslaughter conviction of a man accused of pulling down a deer stand while another man was in it. An appeals panel ruled 2-1 Monday the trial court should have acquitted Kevin McCormick.

08/12/2013

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Fear No Defense Against License Revocation In MN

The Minnesota Court of Appeals says fear of harm is not a defense against losing one’s driver’s license for drunken driving. The case involved a Monticello couple who got into a drunken argument at the Fish Lake Resort in Mora that turned physical back at their family cabin. After Jennifer Axelberg took refuge in her car, Jason Axelberg punched and cracked the windshield. Fearing for her safety, she drove back to the resort where a bystander called police. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault while she was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired. The state revoked her license for a year.

06/10/2013

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Groups Opposed To Minn. Wolf Hunt Lose In Court

A pair of groups that challenged Minnesota rules for a state wolf hunting and trapping season has been dealt another blow in court. Minnesota’s Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a petition aiming to undo rules that allowed for a wolf hunting season, the first of which was held starting in November.

05/28/2013

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Senser Appealing Conviction In Hit-And-Run

Amy Senser wants her conviction in a deadly hit-and-run case thrown out.

05/01/2013

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Court Of Appeals Reverses Priest’s Conviction

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a priest accused of having sexual conduct with a female parishioner he was counseling.

11/26/2012

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Orono Man Fights The City To Post Unique Wind Turbine

An Orono man seems to have disproved the old saying that “You can’t fight city hall.” He won a court decision involving a wind turbine in his yard, though Jay Nygard’s turbine is in his garage right now.

10/24/2012

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Groups Ask MN Supreme Court To Block Wolf Season

Two groups have asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to block the state’s wolf hunting and trapping season.

10/15/2012

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Wisconsin Wolf Hunt Underway Amid Controversy

Wisconsin’s first wolf hunting season is underway, and like in Minnesota, it’s not without some controversy.

10/15/2012

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