Mike Hughlett | Star Tribune
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.


Undisclosed $70,000 payments to Crow Wing Power directors come under scrutiny

The payments, made in 2006 in connection with the sale of an affiliated company, have been brought up recently at a board meeting and in letters to Brainerd area newspapers.


Technology, cost could hamper efforts for carbon-free grid in Minnesota

Gov. Tim Walz wants Minnesota's electric power to be completely green energy by 2050. How to reach that goal remains a puzzle.


Xcel Energy's tax cut will be passed on to customers starting next month

State utility regulators approved the Minneapolis-based utility's plan to distribute the money.


Cold weather took toll on North Dakota oil production in February

Officials said they believe the decline is weather related and should be temporary.


Husky Energy to stick with hydrogen fluoride at rebuilt Superior plant

Husky to invest $400 million to rebuild plant but won't ditch the highly toxic chemical dispute residents' opposition.


Stakes high as Enbridge, Xcel and others challenge property tax bills

Once rare, tax bill challenges are mounting and the potential cost to local governments is rising.


Lund sibling can cash out of family grocery business, high court says

The Minnesota Supreme Court's decision lets stand a lower-court ruling that Kim Lund is entitled to $45 million for her stake in the Lunds & Byerlys supermarket chain.


Minn. utility regulators give final stamp of approval to $2.6B Enbridge pipeline project

Challenges are expected to the ruling, and the project also needs several federal and state permits before it can proceed.


U.S. ethanol market sees first sales decline in decades

Lower U.S. demand, plunge in exports made for rough 2018.


North Dakota oil production flat in January

Oil prices are on the upswing after tanking in the fourth quarter.