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Form 8-K for ALLETE INC


Unregistered Sale of Equity Securities, Change in Directors or Principal Officers

Item 3.02 Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities

On January 10, 2014, ALLETE, Inc. contributed 396,000 shares of ALLETE common stock to its pension plan. These shares of ALLETE common stock were contributed pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 and had an aggregate value of approximately $20 million when contributed.

Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors;
Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangement of Certain Officers

(c) Effective March 3, 2014, ALLETE, Inc., (ALLETE or Company) named Steven W. Morris the Company's Controller. Mr. Morris, 52, joined the Company in 2001 as Manager of Financial Reporting and Budgeting for Minnesota Power. In 2005, he was appointed Director of Internal Audit for ALLETE and in 2010 was appointed the Director of Accounting. Mr. Morris will succeed Steven Q. DeVinck, who was named the Company's Chief Financial Officer in December 2013, effective March 3, 2014.

Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with the Company's disclosures under the heading "Forward-Looking Statements" located on page 2 of this Form 8-K.

ALLETE, Inc. Form 8-K dated January 10, 2014

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this report that are not statements of historical facts are considered "forward-looking" and, accordingly, involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. Although such forward-looking statements have been made in good faith and are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that the expected results will be achieved. Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to, future expectations, risks, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, events, uncertainties, financial performance, or growth strategies (often, but not always, through the use of words or phrases such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "likely," "will continue," "could," "may," "potential," "target," "outlook" or words of similar meaning) are not statements of historical facts and may be forward-looking.

In connection with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, we are providing this cautionary statement to identify important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of ALLETE in this Current Report on Form 8-K, in presentations, on our website, in response to questions or otherwise. These statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to, and are accompanied by, the following important factors, in addition to any assumptions and other factors referred to specifically in connection with such forward-looking statements that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements:

our ability to successfully implement our strategic objectives;

regulatory or legislative actions, including those of the United States Congress, state legislatures, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the North Dakota Public Service Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and various state, local and county regulators, and city administrators, that impact our allowed rates of return, capital structure, ability to secure financing, industry and rate structure, acquisition and disposal of assets and facilities, operation and construction of plant facilities, recovery of purchased power, capital investments and other expenses, including present or prospective wholesale and retail competition and environmental matters;

our ability to manage expansion and integrate acquisitions;

our current and potential industrial and municipal customers' ability to execute announced expansion plans;

the impacts on our Regulated Operations of climate change and future regulation to restrict the emissions of greenhouse gases;

effects of restructuring initiatives in the electric industry;

economic and geographic factors, including political and economic risks;

changes in and compliance with laws and regulations;

weather conditions, natural disasters and pandemic diseases;

war, acts of terrorism and cyber attacks;

wholesale power market conditions;

population growth rates and demographic patterns;

effects of competition, including competition for retail and wholesale customers;

zoning and permitting of land held for resale, real estate development or changes in the real estate market;

pricing, availability and transportation of fuel and other commodities and the ability to recover the costs of such commodities;

changes in tax rates or policies or in rates of inflation;

project delays or changes in project costs;

availability and management of construction materials and skilled construction labor for capital projects;

changes in operating expenses and capital expenditures;

global and domestic economic conditions affecting us or our customers;

our ability to access capital markets and bank financing;

changes in interest rates and the performance of the financial markets;

our ability to replace a mature workforce and retain qualified, skilled and experienced personnel; and

the outcome of legal and administrative proceedings (whether civil or criminal) and settlements.

Additional disclosures regarding factors that could cause our results or performance to differ from those anticipated by this report are discussed in Item 1A under the heading "Risk Factors" beginning on page 27 of ALLETE's 2012 Form 10K. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which that statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all of these factors, nor can it assess the impact of each of these factors on the businesses of ALLETE or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made by ALLETE in this Current Report on Form 8K and in our other reports filed with the SEC that attempt to identify the risks and uncertainties that may affect ALLETE's business.

ALLETE, Inc. Form 8-K dated January 10, 2014

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