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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Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday 05/29/2009 Burning

Another horrible, smoky evening in North Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Before I begin documenting the smoky air this evening, I would like to mention that more people are starting to find this web site by searching for terms related to North St. Paul. To help more people find this blog and to further spread the word about the horrible smoky air in this formerly nice city, I think I'll drop in a few terms to help more people find us.

I will mention Crazy Days, the annual event to bring people into downtown North St. Paul. Crazy Days can be interesting. Don't forget about the ice cream social and water ski show at Silver Lake coming up. The Classic Car Show takes place every Friday evening in downtown North St. Paul. It is a short drive from Oakdale, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, or Mahtomedi. It isn't far from Roseville, Shoreview, Woodbury, Eagan, Burnsville, Lakeville, or any other cities I can think of. You can find cars mainly from the 1950s and 1960s at the antique car show.

Now that's done, let's document the horrible smoky air in this city.

1:00 AM: Faint wood smoke from the prior evening continues.

5:15 PM: Light wood smoke at this time.

5:30 PM: Some jackass is burning grass. I have an idea who it might be.

6:00 PM: Light wood smoke.

6:30 PM: Light wood smoke.

7:15 PM: Light wood smoke. A neighbor has a recreational fire going. I can see the smoke in their yard coming up over their roof. It will be a smoky evening where I am. Pure misery. It is 74 degrees, cloudy, and I would love to have the windows open, but I can't. The air is too damn smoky!

8:00 PM: Faint wood smoke. We are lucky. The neighbor's bonfire smoke isn't coming directly at us. If it were, the would smoke would be very heavy I am sure. Rain clouds are moving in. Let's hope for a good soaking to put out that bonfire and any others around the city.

Do not move to the city of North St. Paul, MN. Do not buy a home in this city. If you see any listings of homes for sale, do not bother viewing them. Buying a house in this city means smoky air almost every day of your life. If you love smoky air, you will love this city. Otherwise, living in North St. Paul will be a living hell.

Take the word of someone who knows. If the city government ever solves the air pollution problem, I will happily retract my words. Until then, don't even consider purchasing real estate here. MLS lists 63 properties for sale in the city currently. I feel sorry for those people who end up buying those homes. Don't do it unless you love smoky, polluted air.

9:00 PM: WOW! Strong wood smoke. Very heavy, sickening. Turns your stomach and irritates your sinuses after only a few seconds. Stepping outside will leave your clothes reeking of smoke. So don't do it. Stay trapped inside your home. Keep your windows sealed up tight! It is another smoky hell of a night in North St. Paul!

10:30 PM: Moderately strong wood smoke at this time. It's good and smoky, but not as strong as before.

11:15 PM: Air is clearing. Light wood smoke at this time. Maybe we can open the windows in a couple of hours.

Midnight: Wood smoke almost gone.

After 1 AM I was able to open the windows again to cool down the house. The air was not fresh. It had a faint trace of burnt wood odor. A few rain sprinkles are coming down at the same time, probably making the wood remnants extra pungent.

Only 7 hours of wood smoke this evening. Sadly, this is good for a Friday where 10 hours of nonstop wood smoke is normal.

This is life in North St. Paul.