Mike Hughlett | Star Tribune
Reporter | Food industry

Mike Hughlett is a business reporter at the Star Tribune. 

Hughlett has primarily covered economics, business and workplace issues for 32 years at five newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Duluth News-Tribune and the Star Tribune, where he has been since 2010. He grew up in Brooklyn Center.


North Dakota records strongest year ever for oil output

No. 2 oil-producing state reached record highs during December.


Enbridge says $2.6 billion Minnesota pipeline will be online by 2020

Firm said construction must start in June to meet the tight timeline.


Lunds wants Minnesota Supreme Court to hear family dispute case

It wants a $45 million award to Kim Lund after a family fight to be overturned.


Xcel also had natural gas problems in Colorado

Nine days after cold weather caused problems in Minnesota, Xcel instituted short-term electricity brownouts to counteract issue in the Rocky Mountains.


Walz says state will continue court appeal of Enbridge pipeline approved by PUC

Governor's decision that threatens Enbridge's $2.6 billion project draws fire and cheers.


Safety officials concerned by sharp increase in oil train traffic from Canada

Oil imports by rail from Canada have hit a historic high, meaning more oil trains are rolling across Minnesota and raising the alert level of local emergency managers.


Duluth-based Allete sells water business for $270 million

Japanese firm acquired U.S. Water Services, with 110 workers in St. Michael.


Protesters in custody after tampering with Enbridge pipelines in Itasca County

"Valve Turners" group notified the oil company, then filmed their protest.


Xcel's profit holds steady, with sales rising faster in smaller markets

It's the 14th consecutive year that the state's largest utility met or exceeded guidance.


Utility asks customers to turn down thermostats in deep freeze

All Xcel Energy natural gas customers are urged to lower thermostats to 63 because of "significant strain" on the utility's natural gas system. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin schools will be closed Thursday.