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Polka Hall of Fame

The Iowa Polka Hall of Fame was recently re-located to the Duncan Community Ballroom. Pictured on the left are Tim Westemeyer, president of the Polka Club of Iowa, and his wife, Kathy Hulse. Pictured on the right is Bob Malek of Garner, a Hall of Fame inductee who plays at the Duncan ballroom and other venues all over the Midwest with the Malek Fishermen's Band.

DUNCAN | The Iowa Polka Music Hall of Fame has been moved from Des Moines to the Duncan Community Ballroom. 

Those who attend Duncanfest on Sept. 15-16, as well as future dances and other events at the ballroom, will be able to see the display of photos of all the Hall of Fame inductees. 

The Hall of Fame honors Iowans who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement and promotion of old-time music.

The Hall of Fame has been located in various locations over the years. It's most recent home was the Hessen Haus German-style restaurant in Des Moines. 

The Polka Club of Iowa Board of Directors decided to move the Hall of Fame because the Hessen House no longer hosts polka dances. 

However, "People come to the Duncan Hall for polka dancing and old-time dancing," said Tim Westemeyer, president of the Polka Club of Iowa. 

In addition, the Hall of Fame includes three members from the area: Syl, Bob and Eric Malek from Malek's Fishermen Band, which was founded 86 years ago and still plays for dances at the ballroom in Duncan and other venues all over the Midwest.  

Syl and his brother, Ed, started the band in 1932. Syl's son, Bob, restarted the group in 1968. Bob's son, Eric, joined the band in the early 1990s. 

Bob Malek said he's pleased the Iowa Polka Music Hall of Fame is now in Duncan. 

"I think it's appropriate to put it in an active ballroom that promotes polka music," he said. 

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