June 5, 2006
Former resident in regional karaoke contest
By Roz Kohls
Pamela Nowak, a 1980 Dassel Cokato High School graduate, competed in the regional Karaoke Idol competition May 21 in Apple Valley.
Nowak, the daughter of Theo and Maryann Wendolek of Cokato, won the state competition April 24 at Concordia Lanes in New Ulm. She performed a remake of the Patti LaBelle song, “Lady Marmalade.”
Nowak performed “Lady Marmalade” again at the national competition in the Apple Place Bowl. The song is a faster Motown version of the original.
“It’s really bubbly for people who want to dance to it,” Nowak said.
“Lady Marmalade” also is attention-getting. When she starts singing, people in the audience usually turn around to see who is singing, she said.
In addition, one of the judges in New Ulm had told her she was selected as the winner because her voice carried well in her performance, she said.
Nowak has been performing Karaoke for the past 11 years. She currently lives in Trego, Wis., and was named “number one” Karaoke singer in Ashland and Bad River. She performs mostly at “Becky’s Food and Spirits” in Shell Lake, Wis.
She was named Karaoke Queen in 2003 in Cameron, she said.
Nowak’s husband is Randy Nowak, who is originally from Silver Lake. He is a construction cement worker in Trego. They have three adult daughters, Kristina is in Altoona, Wis., and Jessica and Jennifer who live in Trego, she said.