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, August 27, 2011

Friday 08/26/2011 Air Pollution

It was an extremely smoky hell of an evening in North St. Paul!  To put it another way, it was a normal Friday night.

4:20 PM:  Very faint wood smoke coming and going.  The asshole frequent burner is burning again, the third time this week.  I don't need to drive behind his house to see that he's burning because it's that distinctive smell of whatever he burns, and you can smell it blocks away.  84 degrees, sunny, a little humid.  The air conditioning was turned on because of the warmth.  If the windows were open, they would need to be closed. 

4:25 PM:  Light to moderate wood smoke coming and going from the asshole frequent burner.  If the smoke is this heavy a distance away, how heavy would it be living next door?

5:05 PM:  No smoke.

5:50 PM:  No smoke.  87 degrees is the official Twin Cities temperature at this time.

6:30 PM:  No smoke.

7:00 PM:  No smoke.

7:30 PM:  No smoke.

8:00 PM:  No smoke.

8:30 PM:  No smoke.

9:00 PM:  No smoke.

9:20 PM:  No smoke.  Where is it?

9:42 PM:  Very faint wood smoke in the air.  It's starting to build.

9:56 PM:  Light to moderate wood smoke.  It is very smoky outside at this time.  You don't want to breathe this polluted air.

10:15 PM:  Moderate wood smoke.  The air pollution has gotten heavier.  This is North St. Paul.  This is how you will live if you buy a home in this horrible shitty city.

10:49 PM:  Moderate wood smoke continues.  How many hours will the air be heavily polluted tonight?  The temperature has dropped.  The outside air has a pleasant coolness to it.  We should be able to shut the air conditioning off and allow the house to cool overnight.  But we can't!  North St. Paul sucks!

11:15 PM:  Moderate to strong wood smoke.  Extremely smoky air at this time!  You can't breathe this air!  You'll get sick to your stomach pretty quick if you breathe this polluted air!  I still can't believe the idiots on the city council make us breathe this air pollution.

11:35 PM:  Moderate to strong wood smoke continues.  There is no chance of opening the windows tonight.  Last check of the night.

When I woke Saturday morning the air was clean and fresh!  We can finally open the windows and enjoy the cool air!  North St. Paul sucks!