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MONTANA POWER SELECTS BERUBE AS CHAIRMAN

 MONTANA POWER SELECTS BERUBE AS CHAIRMAN
 BUTTE, Mont., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Daniel T. Berube, 58, was


selected to become chairman of the Montana Power Co. (MPC) (NYSE: MTP) board of directors, effective July 1, the company announced today.
 Berube, former president of Montana Power's diversified energy subsidiary, Entech Inc., became Montana Power's chief executive officer Jan. 1.
 Berube will succeed MPC Chairman W. Paul Schmechel. Schmechel will retire from active management activities, effective June 30, on reaching his 65th birthday. Schmechel, who will have completed 38 years of service, will remain a member of the board.
 In other action, the MPC board selected Pamela K. Merrell, 39, to become secretary of the corporation, effective Oct. 1. She will succeed John Carl, MPC's vice president and secretary, who will retire on that date after completing 24 years of service.
 Berube, a native of Boston, earned associate degrees in chemistry and mechanical engineering at Northeastern University, Boston, before serving six years in the U.S. Air Force. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington in 1964 and joined Montana Power as a mechanical engineer. He earned a M.S. degree in engineering science from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology in 1971 and completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 1990.
 Berube spent the first 22 years of his career with Montana Power in a variety of engineering assignments. He was involved in construction of all five of the company's coal-fired generating plants. He managed completion of the $380-million Colstrip Units 1 and 2, and was project manager for the $1.8-billion Colstrip Units 3 and 4. He subsequently was named vice president of the Colstrip Project Division.
 In 1987, he was named president and chief operating officer of Entech's coal-mining unit, Western Energy Co. He became president of Entech Inc. in 1988, and assumed additional duties as Entech's chief executive officer two years later. He was elected to the Montana Power Co. board effective Jan. 1, 1992, when he became the corporation's chief executive officer.
 Merrell is a native of Panguitch, Utah. She earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Utah in 1974 and an LL.B. degree in 1977.
 Merrell worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Engineering Laboratory from 1977 until joining Montana Power's legal staff in 1981. She became assistant secretary for the Montana Power Co. in December 1991.
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 /CONTACT: Russell J. Cox of Montana Power, 406-496-5040/
 (MTP) CO: Montana Power Co. ST: Montana IN: UTI SU: PER


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