Reporter | Energy

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.


Former Lakewood Cemetery crematorium manager pleads guilty to theft for medical debris sales

The employee sold metals left over after cremations for his own profit.


A $735,000 payment to R.J. Ryan Construction vanishes in an apparent cybercrime

Ryan and a Stillwater escrow company are sued over a misdirected payment due on the construction of a commercial building in South St. Paul.


3M appoints outsider as new CEO at critical moment

Outgoing CEO Michael Roman will remain as board chair during the transition.


Fatal Minnesota work accidents prompt willful safety violations in recent years

Minnesota OSHA issued willful violations for seven fatal accidents since 2017.


A Wisconsin 3M factory worker died. Was the company indifferent to safety?

Federal workplace regulators hit 3M with rare 'willful' safety violations after a fatal 2023 accident at a plant in southwestern Wisconsin. The company is fighting the citations.


Former oil executive Michael Reger accuses Dorsey & Whitney of legal malpractice

Dorsey denies claim, says Reger failed to pay $600,000 in bills.


Report: Notorious ransomware group launched cyberattack on UnitedHealth Group

A group called "Blackcat" targeted a network for filling prescriptions that's operated by the company's Change Healthcare subsidiary, sources told Reuters.


Minnesota attorney general settles predatory lending case involving Montana tribe

Fort Belknap Indian Community companies will cease to make certain online loans in Minnesota under the settlement agreement.


Minnetonka-based US Internet's gaffe left personal email addresses exposed on webs

Thousand of emails were inadvertently publicly available, before an internet security firm spotted the flaw.


Snoop Dogg's company claims Lakeville-based Post Consumer Brands tanked its cereal line

Rappers Snoop and Master P claim Post and Walmart colluded to keep the cereal off shelves; the companies deny the claim.