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.


Ship emergency on Lake Superior is latest safety mishap for Great Lakes freighter operator

The Michipicoten, now in Fraser Shipyards after cracking and taking on water, is just the most recent incident for Rand Logistics ships.


Rep. Angie Craig says Biden should halt re-election bid

Rep. Angie Craig, like President Joe Biden a Democrat, said he should make way for "a new generation of leaders."


Moondance Jam will issue refunds following cancellation of headline acts

The annual rock festival announced the cancellations earlier this week, but refunds were unclear.


After Isanti wedding venue closes, sister business in Cottage Grove in financial trouble

A company affiliated with Furber Farm filed bankruptcy two months after Circle B wedding hall abruptly closed, leaving couples without refunds for deposits.


Woman found seriously wounded at south Minneapolis homeless encampment

The woman was found in a nearby homeless encampment. There have been no arrests.


A Minnesota lottery winner invested on trust. Trouble followed.

Paul Rosenau claimed Principal Securities is liable for mismanagement of the $26 million he used to fund the foundation; an arbitrator ruled in his favor.


Coast Guard: Lake Superior freighter has 13-foot crack, but likely not from collision

Ship carrying taconite was originally thought to have hit something underwater. Now, the Coast Guard suspects a stress fracture.


Taconite freighter safely in port in Thunder Bay after underwater collision on Lake Superior

The Michipicoten, carrying iron ore, struck something southwest of Isle Royale, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. No one in the crew of 22 was injured.


Student expulsion suits against Providence Academy in Plymouth go to arbitration

Four families sued Providence last year alleging the school wrongly suspended their kids for alcohol use and perpetuated a false sexual assault rumor. The school says a sex video led to the expulsions.


Otter Tail case lays bare how Minnesota and N.D. look at renewable energy differently

In the end, Minnesota regulators approved Otter Tail's plan surrounding its energy source mix, including a coal plant in North Dakota.