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

Sunday 08/21/2011 Air Pollution

It was a smoky hell of a Sunday evening in North St. Paul, MN.  There is no day of rest for recreational air polluters in this horrible city.  The idiots who run this city make it legal to burn all seven days a week and somewhere somebody is burning just about every day. 

4:13 PM:  Light wood smoke coming and going.  I went out to find the asshole frequent burner in the area burning again.  He burns not to have a bonfire, not to cook food, but just to burn and produce smoke.  The idiots who run this stupid city allow it.  He knows he can start burning at 4 PM all seven days a week and there is nothing anyone can do about it.  Close the windows!  I hate North St. Paul.  It's a horrible shitty city.  Don't move here.  You will hate it, too. 

4:45 PM:  Light to moderate wood smoke coming and going at this time.  Most of the smoke isn't making it our direction.  A new homeowner right behind the asshole frequent burner moved into the city last year.  If the smoke is a nuisance a distance away like we are, I cannot imagine how strong the smoke must be living right behind him.

5:10 PM:  Light to moderate wood smoke coming and going. 76 degrees, sunny, and what was a beautiful day is ruined by wood smoke pollution.  North St. Paul sucks!

5:30 PM:  Moderate to strong wood smoke.  It is extremely smoky at this time!  It is still early.  North St. Paul sucks!

6:00 PM:  No smoke where we are.  The asshole frequent burner is still burning.  That's two hours now.  Luck smiled on us as most of the smoke is not coming our direction.  But we still have the windows closed.  If the wind shifts, our home will quickly fill with smoky air.  Do you want to breathe smoky air inside your home when you are watching TV?  If it wasn't so smoky, we would be sitting outside enjoying the final days of summer.  But we can't!

6:30 PM:  No smoke here at this time.

7:00 PM:  No smoke here at this time.

7:15 PM:  No smoke at this time.

7:30 PM:  No smoke.

7:46 PM:  Light to moderate wood smoke.  A shift in the wind has brought the smoke back to us.  The asshole frequent burner is still burning.  That's four hours he has burned already today with no end in sight!

8:30 PM:  It looks like the asshole frequent burner is finished burning.  That's four hours he smoked up the air today!  Four hours of hell!

9:05 PM:  Faint wood smoke.  Wood smoke in the air for five hours now!

10:00 PM:  Faint wood smoke.

11:00 PM:  Light to moderate wood smoke.  Very smoky air continues this late.  That's seven hours of smoky air this evening!

I went out this evening and found two areas of burning and a third area with heavy smoke where I could not pinpoint the source.  There was a wood smoke haze visible in the street lights in two areas.  Air pollution so heavy you can see it. A home near the intersection of Navajo and Chippewa was burning tonight in the front yard, producing smoke I could smell blocks away.  This home had a campaign sign in the front yard for city council member Jan Walczak in 2008.  Ms. Walczak supports this air pollution.  I first contacted her in May 2008 about this city's horrible wood smoke problem and she did nothing about it.  She refused to help.  Along the southern edge of Silver Lake, I saw a smoky haze in the street lights near the park on the eastern shore.  I suspected the white house on Reardon was burning again and it was.  Heavy wood smoke was being produced, so heavy the backyard of the home burning was a cloud of wood smoke.  The burning appeared to have just ended as I passed by.  Wood smoke haze was visible in the street lights around the home up to a block away.  There was a third area of burning somewhere between the two I found.  A haze of wood smoke was visible in the street light in front of city council member Jan Walczak's home.  I was at Helen & 19th when I saw the smoke haze half a block down in the street light.  Someone in that area was burning and producing the smoke.  I couldn't find the source.  I also noticed smoke by the cemetery way up at Helen & Lydia.  I don't know where that was coming from.  It smelled like the same type of smoke produced over on Reardon.  There was not much of a breeze at this time which made it difficult to find the source of the burning.  No breeze to push the smoke out of the area.

It was a horrible, smoky night in the city of North St. Paul, MN.  Wood smoke all over the place.  This is pretty normal in North St. Paul.  It has been like this for years and the idiots on the city council have not done a thing about it.  Do you want to live in a city like this?