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Exclusive: Another Blow to the US Food Market: Fire Breaks Out at a Food Processing Plant West of Waupaca County in Wisconsin



Another Blow to the US Food Market: Fire Breaks Out at a Food Processing Plant West of Waupaca County in Wisconsin

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A fire ignited inside a food manufacturing facility in the town of Belmont near the Portage-Waupaca County, Wisconsin on Monday.

Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at Festive Foods on County Highway D around 9 a.m., WSAW-TV reported.

The company owner and president, Mike Holmgren, said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The crew tried to put out the fire for almost nine hours since it started, according to an update from News 9

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The owner of Festive Foods, LLC, Michael Holmgren, says he’s grateful for emergency responders and their dedication, providing a glimpse into how the fire started.

“It was in the back of the building, up in the roofline area,” he explained.

Holmgren says over 100 employees were working in the building at the time the fire started.


All were able to evacuate safely.

Holmegren says its too early to tell what rebuilding might look like.

“There’s damages, yes,” he said over the phone, “so we have to assess how quickly we can rebuild. Everybody is very committed, everybody is safe and home with their families right now, and we’ll support them through this.”

Contrary to earlier reports, there is no concern of chlorine or chemical exposure through smoke at the plant.

Festive Foods, LLC is located in Waupaca, Wisconsin and is part of the Animal Slaughtering and Processing Industry. Based on the data from Dun&Bradstreet, the company has 150 total employees across all its locations.

Festive Foods manufacturing facility is a leading co-packer of frozen pizza and stuffed appetizers.

“Our frozen pizzas are prepared by chefs and not robots, and we make them available to you at many food retailers and supermarkets throughout the nation,” according to the company’s Facebook page.

The company released a statement regarding the incident on its Facebook page.

Today festive foods experienced a heart breaking event. As many of you have seen in the news we have had a terrible fire run though our plant. We are happy to say that all employees made it out quickly and safely with no injury’s.

We would like to say a large thank you to all of the fire fighters and emergency response teams that came out today to assist.

This was a large job to tackle and we are greatful for all who where involved. It was devastating to sit and watch the build that we have all put so many years into go up into flames. But at this time our plan is to regroup and rebuild.


We appreciate all the support we have seen so far and will be posting updates as they come.

As the Gateway Pundit reported, at least 19 major fires, including this recent incident, have erupted at food industry facilities and plants over the past six months. All of the fires have been officially listed as accidental or inconclusive.

Below is the updated list of U.S. plants that have been destroyed, damaged or impacted by “accidental fires,” disease, or general causes.

  1. 1/11/21 A fire that destroyed 75,000-square-foot processing plant in Fayetteville
  2. 4/30/21 A fire ignited inside the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Monmouth, IL
  3. 7/25/21 Three-alarm fire at Kellogg plant in Memphis, 170 emergency personnel responded to the call
  4. 7/30/21 Firefighters on Friday battled a large fire at Tyson’s River Valley Ingredients plant in Hanceville, Alabama
  5. 8/23/21 Fire crews were called to the Patak Meat Production company on Ewing Road in Austell
  6. 9/13/21 A fire at the JBS beef plant in Grand Island, Neb., on Sunday night forced a halt to slaughter and fabrication lines
  7.  10/13/21 A five-alarm fire ripped through the Darigold butter production plant in Caldwell, ID
  8. 11/15/21  A woman is in custody following a fire at the Garrard County Food Pantry
  9. 11/29/21  A fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. at the Maid-Rite Steak Company meat processing plant
  10. 12/13/21 West Side food processing plant in San Antonio left with smoke damage after a fire
  11. 1/7/22 Damage to a poultry processing plant on Hamilton’s Mountain following an overnight fire
  12. 1/13/22 Firefighters worked for 12 hours to put a fire out at the Cargill-Nutrena plant in Lecompte, LA
  13. 1/31/22 a fertilizer plant with 600 tons of ammonium nitrate inside caught on fire on Cherry Street in Winston-Salem
  14. 2/3/22 A massive fire swept through Wisconsin River Meats in Mauston
  15. 2/3/22 At least 130 cows were killed in a fire at Percy Farm in Stowe
  16. 2/15/22 Bonanza Meat Company goes up in flames in El Paso, Texas
  17. 2/15/22 Nearly a week after the fire destroyed most of the Shearer’s Foods plant in Hermiston
  18. 2/16/22 A fire had broken at US largest soybean processing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana
  19. 2/18/22 An early morning fire tore through the milk parlor at Bess View Farm
  20. 2/19/22 Three people were injured, and one was hospitalized, after an ammonia leak at Lincoln Premium Poultry in Fremont
  21. 2/22/22 The Shearer’s Foods plant in Hermiston caught fire after a propane boiler exploded
  22. 2/28/22 A smoldering pile of sulfur quickly became a raging chemical fire at Nutrien Ag Solutions
  23. 2/28/22 A man was hurt after a fire broke out at the Shadow Brook Farm and Dutch Girl Creamery
  24. 3/4/22 294,800 chickens destroyed at farm in Stoddard, Missouri
  25. 3/4/22 644,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland
  26. 3/8/22 243,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in New Castle, Delaware
  27. 3/10/22 663,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, MD
  28. 3/10/22 915,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Taylor, IA
  29. 3/14/22 The blaze at 244 Meadow Drive was discovered shortly after 5 p.m. by farm owner Wayne Hoover
  30. 3/14/22 2,750,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Jefferson, Wisconsin
  31. 3/16/22 A fire at a Walmart warehouse distribution center has cast a large plume of smoke visible throughout Indianapolis.
  32. 3/16/22 Nestle Food Plant extensively damaged in fire and new production destroyed Jonesboro, Arkansas
  33. 3/17/22 5,347,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Buena Vista, Iowa
  34. 3/17/22 147,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Kent, Delaware
  35. 3/18/22 315,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland
  36. 3/22/22 172,000 Turkeys destroyed on farms in South Dakota
  37. 3/22/22 570,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska
  38. 3/24/22 Fire fighters from numerous towns are battling a major fire at the McCrum potato processing facility in Belfast.
  39. 3/24/22 418,500 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska
  40. 3/25/22 250,300 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Franklin, Iowa
  41. 3/26/22 311,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  42. 3/27/22 126,300 Turkeys destroyed in South Dakota
  43. 3/28/22 1,460,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Guthrie, Iowa
  44. 3/29/22 A massive fire burned 40,000 pounds of food meant to feed people in a food desert near Maricopa
  45. 3/31/22 A structure fire caused significant damage to a large portion of key fresh onion packing facilities in south Texas
  46. 3/31/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Osceola, Iowa
  47. 3/31/22 5,011,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Osceola, Iowa
  48. 4/6/22 281,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina
  49. 4/9/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  50. 4/9/22 208,900 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  51. 4/12/22 89,700 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina
  52. 4/12/22 1,746,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Dixon, Nebraska
  53. 4/12/22 259,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Minnesota
  54. 4/13/22 fire destroys East Conway Beef & Pork Meat Market in Conway, New Hampshire
  55. 4/13/22 Plane crashes into Gem State Processing, Idaho potato and food processing plant
  56. 4/13/22 77,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  57. 4/14/22 Taylor Farms Food Processing plant burns down Salinas, California.
  58. 4/14/22 99,600 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  59. 4/15/22 1,380,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Lancaster, Minnesota
  60. 4/19/22 Azure Standard nation’s premier independent distributor of organic and healthy food, was destroyed by fire in Dufur, Oregon
  61. 4/19/22 339,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  62. 4/19/22 58,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Montrose, Color
  63. 4/20/22 2,000,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Minnesota
  64. 4/21/22 A small plane crashed in the lot of a General Mills plant in Georgia
  65. 4/22/22 197,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  66. 4/23/22 200,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  67. 4/25/22 1,501,200 chickens destroyed at egg farm Cache, Utah
  68. 4/26/22 307,400 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania
  69. 4/27/22 2,118,000 chickens destroyed at farm Knox, Nebraska
  70. 4/28/22 Egg-laying facility in Iowa kills 5.3 million chickens, fires 200-plus workers
  71. 4/28/22 Allen Harim Foods processing plant killed nearly 2M chickens in Delaware
  72. 4/2822 110,700 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  73. 4/29/22 1,366,200 chickens destroyed at farm Weld Colorado
  74. 4/30/22 13,800 chickens destroyed at farm Sequoia Oklahoma
  75. 5/3/22 58,000 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  76. 5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Beadle S Dakota
  77. 5/3/22 114,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  78. 5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Lyon Minnesota
  79. 5/7/22 20,100 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  80. 5/10/22 72,300 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania
  81. 5/10/22 61,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  82. 5/10/22 35,100 Turkeys destroyed Muskegon, Michigan
  83. 5/13/22 10,500 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  84. 5/14/22 83,400 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  85. 5/17/22 79,00 chickens destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  86. 5/18/22 7,200 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  87. 5/19/22 Train carrying limestone derailed Jensen Beach FL
  88. 5/21/22 57,000 Turkeys destroyed on farm in Dakota Minnesota
  89. 5/23/22 4,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  90. 5/29/22 A Saturday night fire destroyed a poultry building at Forsman Farms
  91. 5/31/22 3,000,000 chickens destroyed by fire at Forsman facility in Stockholm Township, Minnesota
  92. 6/2/22 30,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  93. 6/7/22 A fire occurred Tuesday evening at the JBS meat packing plant in Green Bay.
  94. 6/8/22 Firefighters from Tangipahoa Fire District 1 respond to a fire at the Purina Feed Mill in Arcola
  95. 6/9/22 Irrigation water was canceled in California (the #1 producer of food in the US) and storage water flushed directly out to the delta.
  96. 6/12/22 Largest Pork Company in the US Shuts Down California Plant Due to High Costs
  97. 6/13/22 Fire Breaks Out at a Food Processing Plant West of Waupaca County in Wisconsin


Exclusive: Why Democrats keep saying “Roe is on the ballot” –




Why Democrats keep saying “Roe is on the ballot”

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The first fundraising emails from Democrats running in midterm races this year went out within an hour of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. If you check your inbox, they might still be coming, whether from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of the party’s fundraising committees, or the Biden-Harris campaign team.

The quick fundraising push is part of Democrats’ strategy in the wake of Dobbs v. Jackson, the case that stripped Americans of their constitutional right to an abortion. Essentially, the party’s plan is to win a large enough congressional majority that Democrats are able to codify Roe’s protections, even if they have to blow up the filibuster to do it.

It’s not the worst plan, and is really the only thing (outside of some executive actions, perhaps) that Democrats can do at the federal level to protect abortion rights now, given their narrow control of the Senate. But it’s also emblematic of a larger disconnect between national Democrats and many of their supporters who just lost the right to an abortion — and who think the party doesn’t seem too worried about it. As many of the protesters who’ve taken to the streets in the wake of Dobbs have expressed, many average Democrats are worried their elected officials don’t have any solutions for people who need abortions right now and suddenly have no way to get them.

“My rights should not be a fundraising point for them or a campaigning point,” Zoe Warren, a demonstrator, told MSNBC on Saturday. “They have had multiple opportunities to codify Roe into law over the past 20, 30, 40, 50 years, and they haven’t done it. And if they’re going to keep campaigning on this point, they should actually do something about it.”

Nevertheless, as more states enact bans and enforce restrictions on abortion in the coming weeks, Democrats are leaning into Roe as a central campaign issue for the fall elections. And that has created the impression among progressives and activists that beyond telling people to vote, Democratic leaders have no concrete plans for an immediate or decisive response to emboldened Republicans looking to further restrict abortion access or the Supreme Court’s erosion of other constitutional rights.

That leaves the party in a precarious situation: hoping to sustain anger and frustration long enough to get people to vote in November, without alienating its base or worsening already staggeringly low trust in America’s democratic institutions.

Democrats have had a disjointed national response to Dobbs so far

As Republicans nearly universally celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision, Democrats seemed almost to be caught off guard, reacting in a patchwork fashion.

At the federal level, President Joe Biden addressed the nation and announced a few actions that he would ask federal agencies to take, including protecting access to contraception and abortion medications and free movement to seek medical care. Pelosi attacked the court’s decision in a press conference and called for Democratic voters to turn out in November. Some congressional Democrats chanted and marched to the Supreme Court later in the day. All of it felt a little chaotic; many lawmakers weren’t in Washington on Friday because their two-week Fourth of July break had started, and the president was getting ready for a trip to the G7 meeting of world leaders in Germany.

At the state level, Democratic leaders who have more options offered some substantive action, rushing to reassure anxious residents. Democratic governors in California, Oregon, and Washington states announced a pact to protect abortion rights, access to reproductive services, and patients. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced that he would use his clemency powers to nullify convictions under his state’s previously unenforced 19th-century abortion ban, and not appoint prosecutors who would enforce the law. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took an additional step in her efforts to block a 1931 abortion ban from going into effect by asking the state’s supreme court to decide if the state constitution protects the right to an abortion.


Democratic candidates and incumbents in governor and Senate races were also quick to address the fear and anger the decision provoked. Most highlighted the precariousness of numerous rights if Republican candidates were to win statewide office or tip the scales of congressional power, arguing that GOP control would enable more sweeping abortion, contraceptives, and marriage equality restrictions.

Again, Democrats are right that abortion access looks very different depending on which party is in charge. But focusing on the very real threat elections pose to protecting or restoring abortion rights doesn’t speak to the frustrations many Americans are feeling right now. Plenty of candidates understand that too, even if there is not much they can do.

The competing pressures of long-term strategy and a need for immediate action

Many Americans have already been directly affected by the end of Roe. Since Friday, nine states have banned abortions outright, affecting more than 7 million people able to give birth. Abortion providers in other states, like Arizona and Texas, have already stopped performing procedures. In Missouri, the first state to implement a trigger law that bans abortions in the state without exceptions for rape or incest, Democratic US Senate candidate Lucas Kunce told me that restoring abortion rights is a “right now issue.”

“I hear all of these national, these DC Democrats, talking about this as an election issue: It’s an election issue, and this is why we got to win,” Kunce said. “Let’s say there’s a bonanza Democratic victory here. People aren’t going to get into office until January, and then they’re going to have to pass a piece of legislation, and it’s going to be an entire year. What they are saying when they say this is an election issue is that they’re looking at the working-class people in Missouri … and telling us that they think the filibuster is more important than us having the same rights as people who have money. It’s the most fucked-up thing I’ve ever heard in this country.”

Among young people, Democrats’ response may contribute to the sense that no institutions in American democracy are really working for them, both lawmakers and candidates told me. The president’s sinking approval rating, especially bad with young voters, reflects this in part, and there’s concern among some Democrats that inaction on Roe could end up biting establishment Democrats in the future.

“In my conversations with young folks, they want someone who’s actually not going to just pay lip service and is actually going to fight for this stuff,” Sarah Godlewski, the Wisconsin state treasurer who is running to be Democrats’ Senate candidate, told me. “This goes back to who’s upfront and unapologetic about [defending abortion rights], because that’s what they want.”

One option for Democrats to sharpen their electoral messaging is to simply be more specific. In a thread of tweets this weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested national Democratic leaders “must tell voters the plan.”

“For the moments when we DO insist on elections, we must be PRECISE with what we need and we will do with that power: How many seats does the party need to Codify Roe? Dems must SAY THAT. Not just ‘go vote’ or ‘give us $6 to win.’ That is demoralizing, losing, unfocused nonsense,” she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez was also among the progressive politicians calling for Biden to take executive action by doing things like allowing abortions to be performed on federal land in every state. Many other experts, advocates, and average Twitter users are coming up with innovative ideas for the federal government to try to protect access to reproductive health services and information. But their fervor doesn’t seem to be matched by Democratic party leaders.

Another option, one advocated for by Nevada’s Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto, is to keep pressure on the GOP.

“It does matter who we elect — it does. To pass legislation in the Senate, you need 60 votes — that means you have to have more Democrats,” Cortez-Masto of Nevada told me. “This idea of placing blame — if we start placing blame on one another, then we’re letting the Republicans win, we’re letting them put this in place and continue to erode our rights, instead of taking them head on, and holding them accountable for it, and standing up to them.”


The challenge for Democrats is the need to respond to people’s immediate needs, while also planning medium- and long-term solutions. That requires them to make their messaging as nuanced as possible.

One model might be the strategy employed by Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota, who isn’t on the ballot this cycle but is backing the state Democratic governor’s reelection effort. She was one lawmaker who shared a list of resources for people seeking abortion services or information about their options post-Roe, instead of the standard statements of concern that many other elected officials shared.

Previously a Planned Parenthood executive, she told me that she felt an obligation to show not just solidarity with people upset by the Dobbs decision, but also provide help and information. When I asked her about the disparate (and at times, tone-deaf) responses from other Democrats on Dobbs decision day, her voice swelled as she told me about the women she worked with before joining Congress.

“Everybody needs to be centering what we’re doing and focusing our work and our action on those people who need abortion care, who decided that that was what is best for them, and who now don’t have that choice,” Smith said. “There’s lots of political discussions swirling around this, and that is completely understandable. But fundamentally, for those people, this isn’t about politics. It’s about what the hell is going to happen to my life now?

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Exclusive: Rudy, Rudy, Rudy –




WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Rudy Giuliani speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump, who has not been seen publicly in several days, continues to push baseless claims about election fraud and dispute the results of the 2020 United States presidential election. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Rudy Giuliani was viciously attacked Sunday at a ShopRite grocery store on Staten Island he told The New York Post. It’s a wonder he made it out alive. “All of a sudden, I feel this ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani said. “I don’t know if they helped me not fall down, but I just about fell down, but I didn’t.” There was a “tremendous pain in my back,” Rudy told the Post.

So much pain, he told WABC talk radio, “somebody shot me,” and, “Luckily, I’m a 78-year-old who is in pretty good shape. If I wasn’t, I would have hit the ground and probably cracked my skull.” He was so concerned about the possibility of other 78-year-olds being menaced in grocery stores that he was compelled to call the cops on the rogue grocery store worker who so brutally attacked him. “I mean, suppose I was a weaker 78-year-old and I hit the ground, cracked my skull, and died,” Giuliani recounted. 

Thanks to the wonder of security cameras, you can see the brutal attack for yourself.


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Exclusive: Majority Opposed to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling –




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A new poll from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist finds Americans opposed to the Supreme Court decision to overturn Row v. Wade by a 56% to 40% margin, with a plurality strongly opposed and Democrats getting more energized to vote.

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