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In this photo taken April 30, Jim Deitz poses with a grin and a can of paint in front of his house in north Grand Forks. (Eric Hylden / Forum Communications)

Grand Forks man's polka dot house an Internet sensation

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GRAND FORKS - The house at 523 University Ave. has been around for 112 years, and all it took was a fresh coat of paint to turn it into an instant landmark and an overnight Internet sensation.

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A fresh coat of polka dots, that is.

The house's owner, Jimmy Deitz, is as surprised as anyone at the house's fame, which has attracted sightseers from all over town and the attention of websites such as the Huffington Post and Yahoo. He kept using the word "crazy" to describe it all.

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