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, June 13, 2009

Saturday 06/13/2009 Burning

3:30 AM: Moderate wood smoke and burnt wood odor at this time. The air outside reeks. Can't open windows. We are prisoners in our own home at 3:30 AM!

Such is life in North St. Paul, MN. This is normal. If this didn't happen on a Friday or Saturday night, it would be unusual.

5:00 AM: No burning at this time. The faint odor of burnt wood lingers in the air. Nice summer morning. Open the door to get the paper. Inhale that burnt wood stink. Ick.

Hell on earth

Welcome to hell on earth, more commonly known as North Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is going to be a smoky, miserable hell this evening with more air pollution in one night than most people should breathe in an entire year. It is a gorgeous evening, sunny, with a temperature of 77 degrees. Prime conditions for recreational air pollution.

If any of you read this before the evening is over, Navajo & 1st will be very smoky. Passing by Navajo & 1st, I saw people burning already. I have often found the area of Navajo & 1st to be very smoky but was never able to pinpoint a house doing the burning until now. Large plume of wood smoke rising from the backyard. There are several burners on Navajo and back along Hilltop. There are burners everywhere.

Other areas likely for polluted air this evening are 19th & 1st, the south edge of Silver Lake, 17th & Charles and many others -- more than I care to mention. It will be hard to find an area of the city that isn't smoky this evening. It makes living in this city miserable. Ten years ago recreational burning was rare. Now, it is rare if there isn't any. This is a really nice city except for the wood smoke. North St. Paul is like a cake with ants on the icing.

I wish the leaders of this city would get out and go find a very smoky area, sit there and breathe the air for 2 hours or longer. They might then get an idea of how the rest of us live our lives almost every day. They probably would take action to eliminate this horrible air pollution from wood smoke.

6:00 PM: Getting smoky. Faint to light wood smoke where I am at this time.

7:00 PM: Getting smokier. Light to moderate wood smoke.

I told you wood burning would increase, didn't I?

I try to avoid profanity on this blog whenever I can. But this daily air pollution is frustrating because we are powerless to stop it. This evening I am more beaten down than angry. Can't do anything except sit inside with the windows closed and be miserable.

Such is life in North St. Paul.

9:00 PM: Faint wood smoke.

10:30 PM: Light wood smoke. It's getting heavier.