Renaissance Heights Development Project Underway in Williston, ND

Renaissance Heights Development Project Underway in Williston, ND

MINOT, N.D., May 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investors Real Estate Trust
(NYSE:IRET) (NYSE:IRETPR) (NYSE:IRETPRB), and Brutger Equities, Inc. announced
today that that their partnership, IRET-WRH 1, LLC, has commenced construction
on Phase I of the Renaissance Heights Apartments project in Williston, North
Dakota. The Renaissance Heights Apartments project will add approximately 750
units to the area upon completion of the planned three phases.

Phase I of the Renaissance Heights Apartments project will consist of 288
units spread over five buildings, and commenced construction in April 2013.
The project will feature tuck under- and detached parking, an indoor pool and
spa, a modern fitness center, and a theatre with lounge seating.

The luxury apartment units at the complex offer one, two, and three bedroom
floor plan options, featuring in-unit washer and dryer, fully-equipped
kitchens, oak cabinetry, and electronic key fobs at unit entry doors. Floor
plans will range from 800 square feet to 1,460 square feet, with cable and
Wi-Fi internet service accessible in each unit.

"As more families relocate to this area, we believe there will continue to be
a strong demand for high quality housing in western North Dakota, and we are
pleased to provide it," said Larry Brutger, President of Brutger Equities,
Inc. "We are excited to again partner with IRET."

"IRET is continuing to focus on the need for quality multi-family housing in
the markets in which it currently has a presence, in accordance with the
company's strategic plan," according to Tim Mihalick, President and CEO of
IRET.

The project, with First International Bank and Trust acting as lead lender
with participation and support from the Bank of North Dakota, will be holding
a ground breaking event on June 26^th, at 4:00 PM. IRET-WRH 1, LLC expects to
begin opening buildings in January 2014.

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.

About Brutger Equities, Inc.

Brutger Equities, Inc. is a privately owned and operated real estate
development and management company based in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Brutger
Equities specializes in hotels and market rate multi-family apartment home
communities in the Central and Western United States.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release may be deemed to be
forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.
Although IRET believes the expectations reflected in the forward- looking
statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that
our expectations will be met. These factors include, but are not limited to,
the risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, and include
risks that we may not be able to proceed with or obtain necessary approvals or
financing for planned development projects, and that development projects may
cost more, take more time to complete, or fail to perform as expected; and
other risks normally associated with the real estate industry, including risks
that occupancy levels at our properties and the amount of rent that we receive
from our properties may be lower than expected, that environmental issues may
develop at our properties and result in unanticipated costs, and, because real
estate is illiquid, that we may not be able to sell properties when
appropriate. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place
undue reliance on any forward-looking statements that we make, including those
in this press release. We make no promise to update any of the forward-looking
statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You
should carefully review the risks and risk factors included in our Annual
Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission.

CONTACT: Lindsey Knoop Anderson
         Director of Investor Relations
         1400 31st Ave SW Suite 60
         PO Box 1988
         Minot, North Dakota 58702-1988
         phone: 701.837.4738
         fax: 701.838.7785
         email:landerson@iret.com

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