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Montana Power Llc – NEWS RELEASE NORTHWESTERN (March 4th, 2002)

EXHIBIT 99.1 [GRAPHIC APPEARS HERE] NEWS RELEASE NORTHWESTERN NYSE:NOR CORPORATION CONTACTS: INVESTORS: MEDIA: Elizabeth A. Evans Roger Schrum 605-978-2929 605-978-2848 liz.evans@northwestern.com roger.schrum@northwestern.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NORTHWESTERN CORPORATION COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF MONTANA POWER'S TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - February 15, 2002 - NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NOR) today announced the completion of its acquisition of The Montana Power Company's energy transmission and distribution business. "With the combination of the NorthWestern and Montana Power energy operations, NorthWestern becomes one of the region's premier electric and natural gas providers,