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, July 2, 2011

Saturday 07/02/2011 Air Pollution

It is supposed to be a nice, sunny day with a high temperature around 84 degrees. With a lack of burning the prior two nights, tonight is going to be a smoky, polluted hell in North St. Paul, MN. Saturdays are usually smoky as hell in this town, so smoky you can't sit outside or open the windows because the air is too smoky to breathe. But this is the 4th of July weekend on top of it which will be even smokier than a normal Saturday. North St. Paul is a horrible place to live.

It was a picture perfect day and a beautiful evening that was ruined by smoky air as nice evenings usually are in this town. The burning started early this evening because of a frequent burner in the area and continued until well after midnight from bonfires. The smoke did not get as heavy as I thought it would. The air only got very smoky instead of the extremely smoky air I was expecting.

4:05 PM: Faint wood smoke coming and going with the breeze. The area frequent burner who burns four or five times a week is burning now. Fortunately for us most of the smoke is not coming our direction. After 45 minutes or so we no longer caught any of the smoke pollution for a while.

6:10 PM: No real wood smoke. Just smoke from a grill. Smoke from grilling food is not a nuisance like wood smoke is and we have never experienced smoke from a grill for 10 hours like we do all the time from bonfire burning. We get more smoke from burning yard waste in North St. Paul than we do from grilling! More people around here illegally burn yard waste than cook food on grills. It's a screwy town.

7:40 PM: Light wood and grass smoke at this time. Someone is burning yard waste with wood. Probably the frequent burner from earlier but I cannot be certain. He does that to mask his illegal yard waste burning as do others. People who do that start a bonfire then rake their grass clippings into it. Air polluters are sneaky around these parts.

8:15 PM: A very faint trace of smoke remains in the air.

9:00 PM: A very faint trace of smoke continues.

9:35 PM: The air is mostly clear at this time but is not fresh. There is some type of pollutant in it from burning.

Now the bonfires start as the sun goes down.

9:45 PM: Very faint wood smoke is in the air at this time.

10:00 PM: Faint wood smoke. The air is getting smokier.

10:40 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke. Smokier still.

11:30 PM: Moderate wood smoke. The air is very smoky at this time. As it usually is on Saturdays and like it often was during the week in years past. We are lucky two very smoky burners were foreclosed within the past year.

Midnight: Moderate wood smoke continues.

It is 74 degrees at midnight and it would be a nice night to shut off the air conditioning and open the windows to save a little money but we can't because the air is so damn smoky! North St. Paul sucks! The wood smoke pollution continued after midnight.