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, August 14, 2011

Saturday 08/13/2011 Air Pollution

It was another smoky evening in North St. Paul.  A beautiful, cool evening that we could not enjoy because of this city's terrible air pollution problem.  We stayed inside the house with the windows all closed like prisoners.  We live like prisoners in our own home in this shitty city.  You make payments on a home, you pay high property tax and you cannot enjoy your property because the air is almost always smoky during the evenings.  North St. Paul, MN, is an awful place to live.

11:15 AM:  Faint grass smoke around this time.  I don't know how strong the smoke from illegal grass burning got.  While I was taking a bath after doing work around the house, the bathroom fan sucked in the smoky air.  This is how you will live if you make the mistake of buying a home in this horrible city.

11:35 AM:  Very faint wood or grass or both types of smoke continues.  A distant burner could be burning dead tree branches or who knows what.  If it is combustible, people burn it in the city of North St. Paul, MN.  This smoke is a nuisance but not strong enough to require the closure of windows.  It did not last more than 15 minutes.  69 degrees and mostly cloudy at this time.

2:47 PM:  A very faint smoke of some type is coming in the windows.  It is not strong enough to require the closure of windows but is a nuisance regardless.  I don't think you want to smell smoke of any type inside your home, do you?

3:24 PM:  Very faint grass smoke at this time.  Somewhere off in the distance there is another illegal yard waste burner.  The burner could be a quarter to a half of a mile away.  Smoke travels wherever the wind carries it.  The smoke is a nuisance but not strong enough to require the closure of windows.  Not yet.

3:35 PM:  Very faint grass smoke continues.  78 degrees and mostly cloudy at this time.

4:00 PM:  No smoke.

5:00 PM:  No smoke.  78 degrees, partly cloudy.

6:20 PM:  Faint wood smoke coming and going.

6:40 PM:  Very faint wood smoke.

7:00 PM:  Very faint wood smoke.

7:20 PM:  Light wood smoke.  Close the windows!  It is going to be a long, smoky evening in North St. Paul.  This city sucks!

7:30 PM:  Very faint to faint wood smoke.

7:45 PM:  No real smoke but there is something in the air.  The air is not fresh.

8:00 PM:  No smoke at this time.  But there is a strange smell in the air.  It smells like a barn.

9:10 PM:  Light wood smoke at this time.

9:30 PM:  Very faint wood smoke.

10:35 PM:  Light to moderate wood smoke.  It is pretty smoky outside.  You would not want to sit outside and breathe this air and you do not want it inside your home.  How many people out there desire to breathe smoky air in bed?  In North St. Paul, your options are to close your windows and live like shut-ins or tolerate the smoky air because the air is smoky more often than not.  68 degrees at this time.  We should be free to open the windows and enjoy the cool evening air.  But not in this shitty city!

11:20 PM:  Light to moderate wood smoke continues.  We hope the smoke is gone by morning so we can open the windows and get the warm, stuffy air out of here.

The air was fresh when I woke Sunday morning.