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.


Appellate court upholds Xcel electric vehicle charging programs

State PUC had OK'd pilot programs to foster electric vehicle use.


3M mired in one of largest mass torts ever over military earplugs

More than 200,000 people say that Combat Arms earplugs were knowingly defective, imperceptibly loosening and leaking in noise.


Hall of Fame bowler Dick Ritger dies at 81

After retiring from the pro bowlers' tour in 1980, Ritger became one of the sport's most prominent teachers and trainers.


N.D. oil production on the upswing again but may plateau this fall

Shut-in wells are being retapped as economy starts to come back from COVID restrictions.


3M to spend $50 million on equity initiatives

The company also Tuesday reported an uptick in its August sales.


Medtronic cutting jobs as part of $450M to $475M in annual cost cuts

The reductions will include an unspecified number of job cuts.


Xcel looks at new nuclear options as it moves to carbon-free goals

New technologies could be in the offing as the company looks to extend the lives of its traditional plants.


Walz's appeal of Enbridge pipeline decision doesn't sit well with construction unions

But challenge to Line 3 pipeline replacement popular with environmental groups, another key DFL constituency.


Minnesota Department of Commerce again appeals approval of Enbridge pipeline

The Line 3 replacement project now goes back to appeals court.


With second virus wave coming, state waits for millions of N95 masks

Masks ordered, but getting them is another story.