The tiny towns of Dix and Potter, Nebraska made national headlines in 2018 after several students were sickened from chili in the school cafeterias. The mystery meat in the chili was kangaroo and the school's head cook ended up looking for a new job.

Potter-Dix High School head cook Kevin Frei told the Sandhills Express he thought mixing the lean meat with beef would be a nutritious addition to his regular recipe.

After several students went home sick last Thursday, Superintendent Mike Williams sent a letter to parents assuring them that the schools will in "no way be serving food of this nature again". Frei was fired on Wednesday, according to KSID radio.

Frei is a Potter native who came home after attending culinary school in Denver and working at several Colorado ski resorts. He had spent six years with the Potter-Dix schools, serving as the head cook since 2013.

He claims the kangaroo meat came from a reputable food wholesaler and that the administration approved the purchase. Superintendent Williams told KSID he didn't know about the kangaroo meat and wouldn't have allowed the cafeteria to serve it had he known.

The incident has turned the two towns into a kangaroo court with many of the 337 residents in Potter and 255 residents in Dix arguing for and against Frei. Dix and Potter are nine miles apart on Interstate 80, 82 miles east of Cheyenne and 21 miles west of Sidney.





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