Hugo, Mahtomedi, Centerville, and Duluth all have something in common this year: It's April 10th and there is no sign of spring.
To bring some artificial sunshine into the lives of the 20 or so folks who are kind of enough to visit this site each week, here are some appellate opinions in Minnesota where sunshine was a factor.
In 1932, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that sunstroke was accidental such that it is covered under Workers' Compensation.
This quote from a Minnesota Supreme Court opinion is amazingly elegant: "The white headstones and monuments that glisten in the sunshine within the sacred precincts devoted to the repose of the dead in the suburbs of every city in the land testify with unerring certainty that man is mortal, and the most effective efforts of the healing art are incapable of resisting the conqueror of all."
In 1998 a dissenting opinion thought it appropriate that municipalities that coordinate on utility services should be subject to the Open Meeting Laws so as to "shed a little sunshine" on how they are collectively operating.
And, much like our current spring, that's the minimal extent of good sunshine in the history of Minnesota's appellate opinion. I wish this blog posting could have done more to lighten your mood, but I can't control the law just like I can't control Mother Nature.
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