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.


Wayzata oil firm founder sentenced to 12 years in stock manipulation case

Ryan Gilbertson was charged with several federal fraud offenses.


Solar energy co-op sells subscribers energy — and a piece of the business

Cooperative Energy Futures develops arrays and then seeks subscribers who also essentially become shareholders.


Regulators table Canby area wind farm over labor concerns

Union said developer of Bitter Root project relies on out-of-state labor.


Study: Utilities should be able to meet Minnesota state efficiency standards

Meeting the goals might be challenging but are doable, the state-funded study said.


Prosecutors say former Twin Cities gold coin dealer defrauded customers of $1.1 million

Wire and mail fraud are among the federal charges filed against Jamie Lee Smith.


DFL election wins could mean pressure on state's renewable-energy goals

Minnesota has met many set 11 years ago, but other states have grown more aggressive.


Anti-pipeline protesters cut short public policy theater performance

Theater of Public Policy hosted two public utilities commissioners but had to cancel event because of hecklers.


Lakeville man sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for precious-metals scam

David Thomas Rougier used $835,000 in clients' money for personal expenses.


Minn. regulators vote to move Enbridge pipeline project ahead

State utility regulators Monday declined to reconsider their approval of Enbridge's controversial new oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, setting the stage for a court appeal by pipeline opponents.


North Dakota oil production hits another high, but slowdown predicted

Tight labor market, low oil prices and winter weather could slow growth, officials said.