For Release: 03/09/2012

Minnesota Energy Resources Donates to Charities Across the State of Minnesota

Rosemount, MN - Minnesota Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group (NYSE:TEG), serving 165 communities throughout the state of Minnesota made donations totaling more than $90,000 in 2011 to charitable organizations, associations and worthwhile causes that requested financial assistance.

The groups represented community and neighborhood development, education, human services and health, along with care for the environment. These contributions are presented by Minnesota Energy Resources and the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, a private charitable foundation supporting Minnesota Energy Resources and other subsidiaries of their parent company, Integrys Energy Group. The Foundation is funded by shareholders of the corporation and NOT by utility customers.

As examples, employees helped build the deck for 360 Communities home for battered women and children in Eagan and Foundation dollars helped rebuild a fire engine in Welcome, developed a park in Motley and provided assistance to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) traveling program throughout Minnesota.

“We’re extremely pleased to help out financially or simply lend a hand to efforts that improve the quality of life for everyone,” said Rory Lenton, External Affairs Manager for Minnesota Energy Resources.

Funds were also donated to purchase carbon monoxide detectors for the Fire Departments of Bertha, Moose Lake and Hermantown. In addition, Minnesota Energy is helping to build libraries in Cannon Falls, St. Charles, Thief River Falls and Grand Rapids. The company supported Veteran’s parks in Staples and Sandstone, as well as Miracle Fields and food shelves, YMCA’s and festivals, along with art and culture around the state.

Madelyn Vigen, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Thief River Falls said, “Minnesota Energy’s generosity make it possible to conduct a safety camp to teach children the importance of safety that could one day save their lives.”

Corporate Giving in 2011

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