MINOT, N.D., Aug. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investors Real Estate Trust (Nasdaq:IRET) (Nasdaq:IRETP) has filed its proxy materials, including its annual report and proxy statement, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Company's proxy materials are now available online at www.iret.com under the following link: INVESTORS/Financial Reporting/Annual Reports under the SEC Notice and Access rule.

By making its proxy material available primarily on the Internet, the Company is able to expedite receipt of these materials to its shareholders, lower the cost of the annual meeting, and conserve natural resources by reducing the environmental impact of printing and mailing paper copies.

IRET's Annual Shareholder Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, September 21, at the Grand International, 1505 North Broadway, Minot, North Dakota.

IRET shareholders may obtain a paper copy of the Company's proxy materials free of charge by following the instructions provided on the Company's Investor Relations website ( www.iret.com ) or in the Notice of Availability of Proxy Materials mailed to the shareholder.

About Investors Real Estate Trust

Investors Real Estate Trust is an equity real estate investment trust. Its business consists of owning and operating income-producing multi-family residential and commercial properties located primarily in the upper Midwest. Investors Real Estate Trust is based in Minot, North Dakota, and has additional offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Omaha, Nebraska. 

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CONTACT:  Investors Real Estate Trust          Lindsey Knoop Anderson, Director of Investor Relations          701.837.4738          fax: 701.838.7785          landerson@iret.com          3015 16th Street SW, Suite 100          PO Box 1988          Minot, North Dakota 58702-1988

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