Schober and Vizanko Elected Vice Presidents at ALLETE

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from ALLETE

    DULUTH, Minn., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- ALLETE (NYSE:   ALE) has announced
 that two of its officers, Mark A. Schober and James K. Vizanko, have been
 elected vice presidents by the company's board of directors.  Schober will
 continue his responsibilities as the company's controller and Vizanko
 continues his role as company treasurer.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010308/ALLETELOGO )
     Schober, 45, has been controller since 1993.  He is responsible for
 administration of all corporate accounting and budgeting functions.  Schober
 began his career at Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, in 1978 as an
 accountant.  He assumed positions of increasing responsibility, including
 general ledger analyst, auditor, senior auditor and lead auditor, and
 director-internal audit, before becoming controller.
     A graduate of Duluth Cathedral High School, Schober holds Bachelor's of
 Accounting and Master's of Business Administration Degrees from the University
 of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD).  He is also a Certified Management Accountant and
 Certified Public Accountant.  Schober is a member of the Institute of
 Certified Management Accountants, Minnesota Society of Certified Public
 Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He
 is president of the Marshall School Board of Trustees and a past board member
 of Duluth Regional Care Center, Inc., the American Cancer Society and St.
 John's Church.
     Vizanko, 48, has served as the company's treasurer since 1993.  He is
 responsible for directing corporate treasury activities and the management of
 the company's investment portfolio.  Vizanko began his career at Minnesota
 Power as a financial analyst in 1977.  He was promoted to manager-investments,
 financial projects advisor, manager-financial planning and analysis and
 director-financial planning and analysis before assuming the treasurer
 position.
     Vizanko graduated from Morgan Park High School in Duluth and holds
 Bachelor's and Master's of Business Administration Degrees from UMD.  He holds
 professional certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst.  He is on the
 board of ARC Northland in Duluth.  Vizanko's past civic activities include
 serving as president and treasurer of ARC Duluth, treasurer and board member
 of Duluth Regional Care Center, Inc. and treasurer of the Valley Youth Center.
 He also served on the board of the Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union for
 five years.
     ALLETE is a multi-services company with corporate headquarters in Duluth,
 Minn.  ALLETE's holdings include the second largest wholesale automobile
 auction network in North America; the leading provider of independent auto
 dealer inventory financing; the largest private water utilities in Florida and
 North Carolina; significant real estate holdings in Florida; and a low-cost
 electric utility that serves some of the largest industrial customers in the
 United States.
     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.  Actual results may differ materially from those
 projected in the 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.
 
 

SOURCE ALLETE
    DULUTH, Minn., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- ALLETE (NYSE:   ALE) has announced
 that two of its officers, Mark A. Schober and James K. Vizanko, have been
 elected vice presidents by the company's board of directors.  Schober will
 continue his responsibilities as the company's controller and Vizanko
 continues his role as company treasurer.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010308/ALLETELOGO )
     Schober, 45, has been controller since 1993.  He is responsible for
 administration of all corporate accounting and budgeting functions.  Schober
 began his career at Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, in 1978 as an
 accountant.  He assumed positions of increasing responsibility, including
 general ledger analyst, auditor, senior auditor and lead auditor, and
 director-internal audit, before becoming controller.
     A graduate of Duluth Cathedral High School, Schober holds Bachelor's of
 Accounting and Master's of Business Administration Degrees from the University
 of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD).  He is also a Certified Management Accountant and
 Certified Public Accountant.  Schober is a member of the Institute of
 Certified Management Accountants, Minnesota Society of Certified Public
 Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He
 is president of the Marshall School Board of Trustees and a past board member
 of Duluth Regional Care Center, Inc., the American Cancer Society and St.
 John's Church.
     Vizanko, 48, has served as the company's treasurer since 1993.  He is
 responsible for directing corporate treasury activities and the management of
 the company's investment portfolio.  Vizanko began his career at Minnesota
 Power as a financial analyst in 1977.  He was promoted to manager-investments,
 financial projects advisor, manager-financial planning and analysis and
 director-financial planning and analysis before assuming the treasurer
 position.
     Vizanko graduated from Morgan Park High School in Duluth and holds
 Bachelor's and Master's of Business Administration Degrees from UMD.  He holds
 professional certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst.  He is on the
 board of ARC Northland in Duluth.  Vizanko's past civic activities include
 serving as president and treasurer of ARC Duluth, treasurer and board member
 of Duluth Regional Care Center, Inc. and treasurer of the Valley Youth Center.
 He also served on the board of the Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union for
 five years.
     ALLETE is a multi-services company with corporate headquarters in Duluth,
 Minn.  ALLETE's holdings include the second largest wholesale automobile
 auction network in North America; the leading provider of independent auto
 dealer inventory financing; the largest private water utilities in Florida and
 North Carolina; significant real estate holdings in Florida; and a low-cost
 electric utility that serves some of the largest industrial customers in the
 United States.
     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.  Actual results may differ materially from those
 projected in the 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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