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New member elected to Allete board

Susan Nestegard, a member of the board of directors for Hormel Foods, has been elected to the board of directors for ALLETE Inc.

Nestegard's most recent industry career included serving as executive vice president and president of Global Healthcare, and chief technical officer and global head of research, development and engineering for Ecolab Inc. Prior to joining Ecolab, Nestegard was with 3M company for 20-plus years in multiple technical and business leadership roles, while making significant contributions to growth through 26 patents in her name.

"Susan brings a wealth of experience in project management, product development and strategic thinking to the board. A big part of her career was focused on building successful teams, a good fit for ALLETE where people, culture and leadership differentiate us," said Al Hodnik, ALLETE chairman, president and CEO. "In addition, during her tenure with Ecolab, she gained valuable insights into the value of the energy-water nexus and will bring added depth to our board in connection with ALLETE's investment in and growth strategy for U.S. Water Services."

Nestegard's election to the board reflects ALLETE's long standing commitment to having a diverse, best-practices governance board. Her appointment brings the board to 12 members.

"Susan's election is part of the ALLETE board's long-term succession planning," said Heidi Jimmerson, ALLETE lead director. "The board is excited to welcome Susan as she joins us at our next meeting. Her strong background in corporate governance and broad experience in leading successful product launches, growing business divisions and leading technological changes will bring significant value to ALLETE." Nestegard earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in materials science engineering from the University of Minnesota. She completed executive education in strategic marketing at Harvard Business School and in finance at Columbia University.