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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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Saturday 06/04/2011 Air Pollution

It was an evening straight out of hell in North St. Paul, MN. Burning grass, burning wood, burning paper, a chemical odor, more burning wood and burning that smelled like a house fire is what we were treated to courtesy of the idiots on the city council (Bob Bruton, Jan Walczak, Terry Furlong, and whoever the new guy is who won Dave Zick's seat) who make us breathe this toxic polluted air. To start things, we had to endure smoldering remnants of the prior evening's burning.

6:30 AM: Faint smoldering wood smoke is in the air. What a way to wake up first thing in the morning. North St. Paul is a horrible place to live.

5:00 PM: No smoke yet. Nobody burned yard waste yet today, which is unusual for this town. 83 degrees and sunny, a beautiful summer day.

7:00 PM: No smoke yet.

7:45 PM: A very faint trace of some type of smoke is in the air.

8:05 PM: Very faint to faint grass smoke. Somewhere somebody is illegally burning yard waste. Again. This is the worst year for yard waste burning since we have lived in this shitty nightmare city.

8:15 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke. Very smoky air on a beautiful evening to sit outside. Isn't that nice?

8:45 PM: Moderate wood smoke and paper or cardboard smoke. It's a shame that North St. Paul is such a horrible place to live because the temperature is dropping and it would be nice to open the windows! 75 degrees at this time.

9:15 PM: Moderate paper or cardboard smoke. Somebody is burning waste. Again.

9:40 PM: Now there is a smoky chemical smell in the air. What kind of toxic waste is being burned now? This city is run by idiots! I would have never in my wildest nightmares thought that any city would force its citizens to breathe air pollution like this. Welcome to North St. Paul, MN, Hell on Earth.

10:00 PM: Moderate wood smoke that smells like a burning house. This is not just logs being burned. The air is cool outside. We should be able to open the windows but will not be able to until morning. I hate this city.

11:00 PM: Moderate to strong wood smoke and something that smells like a burning house. Extremely smoky. I wish city council member Bob Bruton would read this blog. I would love to tell him what an asshole he is for making us breathe this polluted air. He supports this burning. He told me so in an email. Even with all the windows closed the smoke is still getting in. You are an asshole, Bob.

Midnight: Moderate to strong wood and whatever else is being burned smoke. It is going to be a long, smoky night in North St. Paul.

The air was smoky all night long and a smoldering smokiness could be smelled in the air beyond noon Sunday morning.

Do you want to live in a city like this?