Norwest Corp., Minneapolis, has elected J.A. "Gus" Blanchard to the board of directors. Mr. Blanchard, 53, is chief executive of Deluxe Corp., a St. Paul-based provider of checks, electronic payment products, and information services.

Mr. Blanchard worked for 25 years at AT&T, becoming head of its national business sales force in 1989. In 1991, he joined Harbridge Merchant Services, a credit card processing company in Downers Grove, Ill., as chairman and chief executive. In 1994, Mr. Blanchard joined General Instrument Corp. as an executive vice president and head of global business development.

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