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.

Minnesota, Wisconsin frac sand mines crushed by oil industry shifts

The Midwest's industry was already in upheaval when the new downturn struck.

MPCA cancels public meetings, adds call-in town halls on Enbridge pipeline permits

Pollution Control Agency schedules telephone town hall meetings.

Great River Energy, Xcel planning to sequester critical workers if necessary

Great River already is at a "medium threat response level."

Minnesota ethanol producer ramping up production of industrial alcohol used in sanitizers

A biofuels downturn has been exacerbated by the coronavirus shutdown.

One killed, one wounded in Eau Claire home invasion

It happened during a home invasion Friday night. No suspects have been found, police said.

Minnesota clean-energy legislation has one more obstacle this year with coronavirus

Lawmakers] are reprioritizing, State Capitol observers said.

Glencore putting up to $30M more in Minnesota copper-nickel mining project

It's money needed to continue fighting legal battles over its proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

Gas prices are sinking in Twin Cities, and they're likely to go even lower

Crude prices at an 18-year low are translating to lower prices at the pump.

North Dakota expects big downturn in oil industry

Besides the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, other market factors are affecting the industry.

Minn. utilities temporarily stopping disconnects because of coronavirus

Xcel, CenterPoint and Minnesota Power have all notified customers.