Recreational Fires Must Be Eliminated

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The air is smoky from burning wood in North St. Paul, MN, almost every evening. It is a nightmare. What used to be a nice place to live has become a living hell.

WARNING: If you buy a house in North St. Paul, MN, you will regret it! It may be the biggest, most expensive mistake you ever make. You will breathe smoky air almost every day of your life in this town. This is not an exaggeration. The wood smoke in this town gets heavy and gets heavy often. When you want to get out of this dump of a town, how many people do you think are going to want to buy a house in a city where heavy air pollution every night is normal and clean air is rare? This blog gets thousands of visitors every year. The word is out: North St. Paul is a horrible place to live!

Fresh air is very rare around here. If you are considering moving to North St. Paul or buying a home here, I strongly recommend that you do not do it no matter how good of a price you get. The only way you will be happy in this town is if you love breathing smoky air almost every day. North St. Paul, MN, is a horrible place to live because of the smoky air!

Burning wood, grass, leaves, paper, cardboard, and sometimes plastic, construction materials, and chemicals, if it is combustible it gets burned in North St. Paul and you are going to breathe it.

The air was smoky 25 out of 31 evenings in July 2009. We had 37 hours of continuous wood smoke in the air Aug. 29th - 31st. There was wood smoke in the air 19 consecutive evenings from Aug. 21st to Sept. 8th. It rained heavily on Aug. 20th, providing the only relief we got from wood smoke for almost three weeks.

Is this a good way to live? No. It is a horrible way to live. Take it from someone who knows. Breathing smoky, polluted air every day is misery.

Every day in this city several people are having recreational fires. Every evening the air is filled with the stench of burning wood. I am one person sick and tired of breathing smoky air every day. Is it too much to ask to be able to breathe fresh air in your own home?

Who is responsible for this wood smoke nightmare? The four city council members are responsible. Council members Jan Walczak, Bob Bruton, Terry Furlong, and Dave Zick have refused to do anything about this wood smoke problem. They don't care if you have a child with asthma. They don't care if you have to live like a shut-in because the air is so polluted. They don't care if your sinuses burn because the wood smoke is so heavy.

Our four Council members have defended the rights of a small percentage of households to burn wood daily over the rights of all the rest of us to breathe.

You have no right to breathe under Walczak, Bruton, Furlong, and Zick. Burners have the right to burn wood 49 hours a week recreationally. The rest of us have no rights at all.

If you are considering purchasing real estate in the city of North Saint Paul, Minnesota (55109), factor this blog carefully into your decision. Buying a home in this city means that your kids will breathe smoky air while playing in the yard almost every day. Your baby will breathe smoky air in her crib should you leave the windows open around your house. If you leave your windows open you will wake up in the middle of the night choking on smoky air.

Perhaps worst of all, your utility rates will be high because you will have to run the air conditioner instead of leaving the windows open on a cool summer evening. You have no other choice because almost every night the air is too smoky to breathe in this city. Consider this blog your warning.

North St. Paul, Minnesota, is a wonderful community other than the wood smoke. If we could restore fresh air like we used to enjoy, life would be happy again. But that is not going to happen any time soon.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Burning Log

Thursday 10/02/2008: Another cool evening. It was smoky 7 to 8 PM and not much after that.

Friday 10/03/2008: This was a smoky evening. Cool. Probably a fireplace burning. It doesn't matter what the source of wood smoke is, it fouls up the air all the same.

Saturday 10/04/2008: Another cool evening, low 50s. A little smoky around 8 PM. By 9:30 PM the air was nice and clear and remained clear the entire night.

Sunday 10/05/2008: Noticed no burning this day.

Monday 10/06/2008: A beautiful, warm day! The high temperature was around 70 degrees. An absolutely gorgeous evening to sit outside on the deck. There was no wood smoke detected at all this evening. Nothing but fresh air!

Tuesday 10/07/2008: Early to bed. No burning detected.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Wednesday 10/01/2008 Burning

7:00 PM: A neighbor has his fireplace going. Smoke is spewing out of the chimney. I went for a walk around the block. The whole neighborhood reeks because of that one guy. I saw no one else with fireplaces going other than him. He is the sole polluter at this time. It is a powerful stench. It has a strong, ammonia-like punch to it. It is terribly offensive and annoying to the nose. It turns your stomach.

Most people would cook some food to warm the house. He has to smoke up the entire neighborhood because he doesn't want to spend a buck to heat his house for the evening. All the walkers and joggers (there are several in this area every evening) have to breathe that stinky ammonia-like smoke because he's too cheap to run his furnace.

Tuesday 09/30/2008 Burning

7:30 PM: Light smokiness at this time. Doesn't last more than half-an-hour before it is gone. Fresh air for the remainder of the evening.

Monday 09/29/2008 Burning

7:00 PM: Very smoky. The guy down the street is burning wood in his backyard. Horrible stench of burning wood. Absolutely horrible! He's burning something else along with the wood that stinks even worse. I am not sure what it is.