Document and Entity Information Document
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Document and Entity Information [Line Items]  
Entity Registrant Name ALLETE INC
Entity Central Index Key 0000066756
Entity Tax Identification Number 410418150
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes
Entity Voluntary Filers No
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 51,039,658
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3
Document Type 10-Q
Amendment Flag false
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2017