Reporter | Food industry

Mike Hughlett covers energy and other topics for the Star Tribune, where he has worked since 2010. Before that he was a reporter at newspapers in Chicago, St. Paul, New Orleans and Duluth.

Hughlett has primarily covered economics, business and workplace issues for 32 years at five newspapers. He grew up in Brooklyn Center.


Minn. regulators OK Frontier settlement with state on landline service

Settlement offers future guarantees that the rural service will improve.


Minnesota customers could get credits, refunds under proposed Frontier settlement

Regulators question phone company's remedy plan.


Xcel making $7.7M in fixes after customers lost heat during polar vortex

The utility laid new pipes and changed its cold temperature modeling after 180 customers were without heat as temperatures dropped to 30 degrees below zero in early 2019.


Tiger Oak Media, publisher of Minnesota Bride magazine, files for bankruptcy

The Minneapolis firm, which publishes Minnesota Bride, owes creditors more than $2 million.


Hudson, Wis., company that supplies Juul nearly done with $63M expansion

Completion comes just as e-cig industry is taking a beating.


Process to approve Enbridge's Minnesota pipeline back in motion

Agency directed to address flaws found in environmental impact statement.


Minnesota utility regulators reject Xcel's plan to buy Mankato gas plant

Xcel will still buy the plant, but through an unregulated subsidiary so shareholder bear risk.


Xcel's future needs report gets mixed grades from clean-energy groups

Utility's report on long-term generation receives mixed grades.


Minnesota wind-solar hybrid project could be new frontier for renewable energy

Juhl says small installations could help the utilities keep renewable supplies steady.


Minn. Supreme Court rejects appeal on new Enbridge pipeline

The ruling restarts the oft-stalled process of gaining approvals to build a replacement for the corroding Line 3.