It is a Tuesday afternoon practice at Winside High School and everything seems normal in the small northeast Nebraska town, however, it is anything but.
The Class D-2 eight-man football squad is down to just 11 players, including three freshmen, thanks to a rash of injuries. The most recent one, to junior fullback Trey Meis, was devastating. Head Coach Kent Lawson remembers the play vividly.
“As he slipped out of the backfield he was caught there and wrapped up,” Lawson said. “In kind of a swinging motion, contact to the front part of his hat and the ground was shortly thereafter.”
Trey was out with a severe head injury. He hobbled to the sideline before losing consciousness. Play was halted and eventually the game was called as Trey was life-flighted to a Sioux City hospital. The situation was tense.
“It was frightening,” Lawson said. “Not so much the symptoms, but the rapid nature in which they started to take place that was what was frightening especially.”
It was over an hour before the life-net helicopter took off. After that, it was time for Winside to regroup.
“You know, it had a tremendous toll on a few of them. We have a couple of young men who are very close friends,” Lawson said. “We still had, after an hour and 15, we still had a number of young men who were hurting and hurting through the weekend.”
Trey suffered a subdural hematoma, a form of brain bleeding. His condition improved through the weekend, with the team getting updates via a Go Fund Me page set up for the Meis family.
Then came Monday and another blow. School administration and Coach Lawson decided it was best the Wildcats forfeit this Friday’s contest against Emerson-Hubbard.
“I think for them it was a little bit of relief because they have time to continue to regroup and get Trey home and get normalcy back. For others there was some frustration, you know they’re competitors and they want to play,” Lawson said.
The latest update from the Meis family stated there was a setback and Trey wasn’t expected to leave the hospital until Wednesday. So with that news and no game to prepare for, the team plodded through practice on Tuesday.
Only an appearance from an unexpected visitor could cheer them up.
Coach Lawson stopped practice with an announcement.
Trey was back.
After four days of uncertainty, the team crowded around the Meis family’s F-150 and greeted their friend. Football players reunited with their fallen teammate and a coach with his player.
Winside could feel normal again.
The Meis family’s Go Fund Me page can be found here.
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The Randolph Police Department is asking for your assistance in finding a missing juvenile.
Machenzie Pollard has been reported as missing and was last seen in Randolph. Machenzie is a 13-year-old white female. She is five-feet, six-inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Machenzie may be wearing a gray hoodie and glasses.
If you have information on the location of Machenzie Pollard please contact the Cedar County Dispatch Center at (402) 254-6884.
An "unusual event" was declared today at the Cooper Nuclear Station in Nebraska.
Nebraska Public Power District's (NPPD) Cooper Nuclear Station declared an “Unusual Event” Saturday at 7:10 a.m. as a result of this morning's earthquake in Oklahoma. Minor tremors were felt at the plant which required plant operators to declare the event.
According to Drew Niehaus, Nuclear Communications Coordinator, for NPPD, there is no threat to the public or plant personnel, and the station continues to operate safely. Per procedure, station personnel have increased monitoring of plant equipment. No damage to the plant or equipment has been noted. The plant’s Emergency Plan is being followed and appropriate local, county, state, and federal agencies have been notified.
"All nuclear power plants are designed to withstand the historically worst-case scenarios for the regions where they are built," said CNS Emergency Preparedness Manager Jim Stough. "Cooper Nuclear Station was designed and built to withstand earthquakes of this magnitude, and our team members are highly trained to respond to an array of events, including earthquakes. Our personnel and the plant's monitoring and safety systems all responded exactly as intended."
An "Unusual Event" is defined as unusual events, minor in nature, which have occurred or are in progress which indicate a potential degradation in the level of station safety. If placed on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being the least serious level of an emergency and 4 being the most serious level of an emergency, an Unusual Event would equal a 1.
County or state officials will inform the public if conditions were to change and any protective actions become necessary via radio stations associated with the Emergency Alert System (EAS), such as KFAB, Omaha, 1110 AM, and KFEQ, St. Joseph, Missouri, 680 AM.
Cooper Nuclear Station is located three miles southeast of Brownville near the Missouri River. It is owned and operated by the Nebraska Public Power District, with headquarters in Columbus.
Nebraskans are reporting having felt tremors from an earthquake around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the 5.6 magnitude quake happened in north central Oklahoma at 7:02 a.m. but was felt from Nebraska to Texas.
Reports of feeling the quake in Sioux City have also been heard.
Days after authorities warned citizens of a couple wanted for murder and possibly heading to Nebraska, the couple was found in Pueblo, Colorado.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said 27-year-old Joshua Aaron Robertson and 22-year-old Brittany Humphrey were wanted for the murder of a woman in a remote area near Los Angeles. The murder is believed to have occurred August 14.
The woman's children, of who Humphrey is the aunt, told police that the couple were Nebraska bound. Authorities were not sure exactly where in the state they are headed, however. It is believed that they have family in the state.
Robertson was previously convicted on illegal weapons charges and was on probation, according to investigators.
Authorities are warning citizens to be on the lookout for a couple wanted for murder that may possibly be heading to Nebraska.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said 27-year-old Joshua Aaron Robertson and 22-year-old Brittany Humphrey are wanted for the murder of a woman in a remote area near Los Angeles. The murder is believed to have occurred August 14.
The woman's children, of who Humphrey is the aunt, told police that the couple are Nebraska bound. Authorities are not sure exactly where in the state they are headed, however. It is believed that they have family in the state.
The couple is considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to be driving a green 1999 Ford Expedition with California license plates with the number 7BEK024. The plates may have been swapped for temporary paper tags. The vehicle has stick-figure family stickers and a sticker that reads "RIP Chad Watkins."
Robertson was previously convicted on illegal weapons charges and is currently on probation, according to investigators.
Anyone with any leads on the couple should contact authorities immediately.
An EMT and driver of an ambulance was treated and released following an accident Wednesday afternoon on Highway 281, according to a family member.
The husband of the woman transported confirmed on the Nebraska Rural Fire and Rescue Facebook page that his wife was involved in the accident and released from the hospital Wednesday evening.
"She is shaken for sure but lucky to be alive. Sorry so little info but because of insurance regulations, we can't say much more at this point. We can thank all of our brothers and sisters for the thoughts and prayers! THANK YOU," the post read.
The accident occurred south of Grand Island near the exit for Highway 281 off of Interstate 80.
Two Pierce teens that went missing last Wednesday have been found.
16-year old Justin Z. Larson and 15-year old Rachel A. Fenton were found safe in California. It’s believed the pair traveled to California by car where they were in contact with officers in both Nebraska and California.
The Pierce Police Department, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in the search for the teenagers, as well as with help from law enforcement from California.
An area man has died after suffering a heart attack while performing at Columbus Days on Saturday night.
According to the Columbus Fire Department, rescue officials responded to the Columbus Days stage on 14th St. around 9:30 p.m. after “Smoke Ring” band member Don Petersen collapsed. Rescue personnel then transported him to Columbus Community Hospital.
On Sunday bandmate Jim Casey indicated that 65-year-old Petersen passed away after suffering a “massive heart attack.”
“We are in mourning at the passing of our friend and Smoke Ring bandmate,” Casey says in a Facebook post from Sunday morning. “Don was doing what he loved…playing music, under the stars, with his very best friends. Life without Don Petersen will be harder. Please say prayers for his family. Don is out in the stars!”
Smoke Ring is a Nebraska Music Hall of Fame band that was formed in Norfolk in 1965.
PIERCE, NE — Two juveniles are missing and the Pierce County Police Department needs your help.
Sixteen-year old Justin Z. Larson and 15-year old Rachel A. Fenton were last seen in Pierce at approximately 8:00 a.m. Wednesday August 17. It is believed the teens left on their own accord and may be traveling together in a 2005 Gold Ford Explorer XLT/Sport 4-door with Nebraska plates 40-H85.
Larson is 6’1, 165 lbs. with blond hair and blue eyes. Fenton is 5’5, 123 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.
If you have seen or have any information to where the teens are, please contact the Pierce County Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office or the Nebraska State Patrol.