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In the meantime, the aquarium has offered to give him a tour of the attraction that his now-deceased parents visited.


Official: Polka dots painted on home an eyesore

BISMARCK — Jim Deitz thinks he is creating a Grand Forks landmark, but the downtown apartment house he’s painting one polka dot at a time is making a city planner cringe.

The retired house painter on Tuesday was putting the final polka dots on his home-turned-apartments, where passers-by have been gathering to watch him work and to request colors from his palette of a dozen cans of brightly colored paint.

“Pizza delivery drivers won’t have any trouble finding this place,” Mr. Deitz said of the century old-two story home that houses six apartments. “You can’t miss it.”

The house is next to a church, a fraternal organization building and a new low-income apartment complex. Mr. Deitz and the city had negotiated a deal to buy out the property to expand the low-income housing facility.

Mr. Deitz said he was offered $100,000 for the home a year or so ago.

“They were going to buy me out and they backed out,” Mr. Deitz said. “I want $150,000 for it now.”


Medical examiner at JFK’s assassination dies

DES MOINES — Dr. Earl Rose, the medical examiner in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, died Tuesday at an Iowa City retirement community at age 85.

Dr. Rose’s wife, Marilyn, said he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and then developed dementia. The Des Moines Register first reported Mr. Rose’s death.

Kennedy was shot Nov. 22, 1963, and taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital. Minutes after he died, a debate erupted about what do to with the body.

Dr. Rose insisted that an autopsy be performed in Texas and stood in a doorway to block Kennedy’s aides as they removed his body.

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