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BLAEDC annual meeting features ALLETE CEO

BAXTER - Al Hodnik, ALLETE president and CEO, will deliver the keynote speech at the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation's (BLAEDC) Annual Meeting, set at 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Feb. 6, at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in B...

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BAXTER - Al Hodnik, ALLETE president and CEO, will deliver the keynote speech at the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation's (BLAEDC) Annual Meeting, set at 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Feb. 6, at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter.

Duluth-based Minnesota Power is a division of ALLETE, providing electricity to 144,000

customers in Minnesota, including parts of the Brainerd lakes area.

ALLETE also owns other energy-related businesses in the coal and wind-power industries, and one that develops energy products.

The event also features two local business owners - Mike Higgins, owner of the Brainerd Industrial Center (formerly the Wausau Paper Mill) and Aimee Jobe, owner of Aimee Jobe Photography and co-owner of the new 8,000-square-foot NP Event Space at the Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd.

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Paul Means, BLAEDC president, and Sheila Haverkamp, BLAEDC executive director, will discuss BLAEDC's achievements during 2014 and the opportunities ahead this year for Crow Wing County. The theme for this year's Annual Meeting is "Rebuilding, Redeveloping, Repurposing and Revitalizing."

The event will include lunch: Champagne chicken. Cost to attend is $15. Participants will

be billed after the event. Register by contacting Megan at megan@growbrainerdlakes.org .

Established in 1985, BLAEDC is a community-driven, nonprofit organization created to

preserve and enhance the area's economic base by expanding business, building community and growing jobs in Crow Wing County.

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