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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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Tell Others About This Blog!

Tell Others About This Blog!

Do you like smoky air? Do you like coming home and having your entire house reek of wood smoke? Do you like it when your couch and curtains smell like burnt wood? Do you like watching your children breathe smoky air while playing in the yard? Do you like air so smoky that it burns your sinus passages and makes your eyes water? Do you like wood smoke so heavy that it is like walking in a cloud? Do you like having to change your clothes and take a shower because stepping outside for two minutes leaves your entire body reeking of burnt wood?

That is what it is like in North Saint Paul, Minnesota. Other cities are like this, too. It is time for those of us who do not like frivolously polluted air to stand up for our rights.

One way to help us in that goal is to tell others about this blog. Please link to us and mention us to others you know or meet online.

Thank you.

Comments Reactivated

I decided to re-enable commenting on this blog. If you have something to say, leave a comment. Threats to me and my family will certainly not be approved. They may be reported to the authorities who can easily track you down. So don't bother threatening me. There are many other people who feel the same way as I do. Many of them are too shy to speak up. But there is safety in numbers. We will not be stopped!

Burning Season Will Soon Be Upon Us

It is now officially spring. This is my favorite season. Everything comes alive in the springtime after the long winter. Grass starts growing, trees start budding, migratory birds return, and two months from now, fragrant blossoms will be in full bloom, presenting delightfully perfumed air with every breath.

Recreational burning will be in full bloom at that time, too, polluting the air and making living in North St. Paul a living hell.

One month from today you can expect daily smoky air if you are a resident of this city. It's been this way for years now, and the mayor and city council members have no inclination to change it.

This past winter was not that bad regarding the burning of wood. It seemed that everyone with a fireplace was burning in October, November, and December. After that, burning dropped off significantly. It was not uncommon to go out in the morning or in the evening and experience no smoky air. It was very nice to be able to go for a walk in the evening and breathe FRESH AIR!

Somebody commented to me that this screwy city is smokier in the summer than it is in the winter. That guy is right. That's how messed up this pyromaniac heaven of a city is. When the windows are all closed, either because it is too hot or too cold to have them open, nobody burns. But when the weather is nice enough to open the windows, everybody and their mother has to burn wood.