Steven W. Morris to Become ALLETE Controller

  Steven W. Morris to Become ALLETE Controller

Business Wire

DULUTH, Minn. -- January 10, 2014

ALLETE (NYSE:ALE) Director of Accounting Steven W. Morris has been promoted to
Controller of the Duluth, Minnesota-based company.

Steven W. Morris to become ALLETE Controller (Photo: ALLETE, Inc.)

Steven W. Morris to become ALLETE Controller (Photo: ALLETE, Inc.)

Morris will assume his new position as a corporate officer on March 3, when
current Controller Steve DeVinck succeeds Chief Financial Officer Mark
Schober, who announced his intention to retire last August.

Morris joined the Company in 2001 as manager of financial reporting and
budgeting for Minnesota Power, and was named Director of Internal Audit for
ALLETE in 2005. For the past three years, he has been the company’s Director
of Accounting.

“Steve’s broad accounting background and familiarity with our unique company
will serve him well in his new position,” DeVinck said. “Steve has extensive
accounting experience as well as experience in other important areas including
acquisitions and rate regulation.”

In his new position, Morris will have responsibility for all of ALLETE’s
accounting functions, including internal and external financial reporting,
budgeting and transactional accounting.

Prior to his employment at ALLETE, Morris spent 16 years with the public
accounting firm McGladrey and Pullen, where he rose to the position of senior
manager. A graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School and the University of
Minnesota-Duluth, Morris is a Certified Public Accountant.

He’s also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,
the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of
Internal Auditors and serves on the United Way of Greater Duluth board.

Morris, his wife Traci, and son Matthew reside in rural Duluth.

ALLETE, Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. ALLETE’s
energy businesses include Minnesota Power, Superior Water, Light & Power Co.,
BNI Coal, and ALLETE Clean Energy. More information about the company is
available at www.allete.com.

The statements contained in this release and statements that ALLETE may make
orally in connection with this release that are not historical facts, are
forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties and investors are directed to the risks discussed in documents
filed by ALLETE with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Contact:

ALLETE, Inc.
Amy Rutledge, 218-723-7400
arutledge@allete.com
or
Investor Contact:
Tim Thorp, 218-723-3953
tthorp@allete.com