10/30 Morning Must Reads: Nazis, Bachmann, Northwest Airlines

Thursday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp:

MIA returns artwork stolen by Nazis
After 10 years or research, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts said a painting they owned for decades was stolen by the Nazis. The $2.8 million painting for 1911 was returned to the French heirs of a Jewish art collector who died in 60 years ago.

El, meet Michele
Michele meet El
The Pioneer Press devotes a good chunk of their front page to the race for the 6th District. The articles portray El Tinklenberg as still an unknown in the race, despite his previous work in Minnesota and his recent fame in the last couple weeks. Bachmann on the other hand is portrayed as perhaps the most polarizing figure ever in Minnesota politics.

Delta/Northwest merger official
Minnesota's airline became part of Delta Air Lines just hours after federal regulators cleared the merger. The new airline is will rake in about $35 billion in revenue a year and employ about 75,000 people, but don't expect any major changes just yet. Both will still fly separately until early 2009. After January things will get trippy when Northwest fliers will notice Delta food on flights by attendants wearing Delta uniforms. Northwest planes will also get leather seats and brighter lighting.

Newscast leads to murderer's confession
While watching a 5 p.m. newscast Monday about the murders of two Mounds View women in their home, Johnny Lee Ellis Jr. confessed that he did it to his friend. He said he had murdered his girlfriend during a fight and didn't want to leave witnesses. He killed his girlfriend, her sister and her mother in the home.

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