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Stevens Point legend made polka music pop

4:28 PM, Mar. 17, 2013
Dancers are accompanied by Norm Dombrowski and the Happy Notes at Dozynki Harvest Fest in September 2011.
Dancers are accompanied by Norm Dombrowski and the Happy Notes at Dozynki Harvest Fest in September 2011.
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Norm Dombrowski wasn't happy with polka music as he grew up in Stevens Point. He was certainly a fan, but his enthusiasm with polka didn't flourish until rock 'n' roll took hold of the nation in the 1950s.

He went to see Lil' Wally, a drummer from Chicago, play drums in a polka band, and he was mesmerized. Lil' Wally played old Polish songs but connected to the audience and performed lively sets. Dombrowski's perception changed, and a legend emerged.

Dombrowski died March 7 at 75 years old. He grew up in Stevens Point and always had ties to the area. He started the renowned Norm Dombrowski and the ...

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