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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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wednesday 08/17/2011 Air Pollution

It was another very smoky evening in North St. Paul.  It's smoky like this more evenings than not.  Do you want to buy a home in a city like this?  When we came to this city, the air was fresh every evening.  Had we known North St. Paul was going to get as polluted as this, we would have never moved here.

4:15 PM:  No smoke.  It is a beautiful evening sure to be ruined by smoke pollution.  We know it is going to be smoky because it almost always is when it is nice like this.  79 degrees, sunny, and beautiful at this time.

5:10 PM:  A very faint trace of some type of smoke was in the air for a little while before disappearing.  I don't know what was being burned.  80 degrees, sunny.

6:30 PM:  No smoke.  Beautiful fresh air!  Spending time outside at this time enjoying the little fresh air before the smoke starts.

7:30 PM:  No smoke.  This is a perfect evening to be outside.

9:00 PM:  There is an odor in the air.  I don't know what it is.

9:30 PM:  Light to moderate wood and some other type of smoke.  It smells like wood, charcoal, and something else.  The air is smoky.  Too smoky to leave the windows open.

9:50 PM:  Moderate wood and some other type of smoke.  Someone may be burning some household waste along with the wood.  The smoke is heavy at this time.  I don't know where the burning is coming from.  None of our nearby neighbors appears to be burning.  It could be blocks away.  The smoke travels wherever the wind blows it.

10:00 PM:  Moderate wood and some type of waste being burned.  It could be paper.  I don't know what it is.  The air reeks!  North St. Paul is hell on earth!

10:30 PM:  Faint wood and maybe waste smoke continues.  It is 69 degrees at this time.  We should be able to have our windows open to enjoy the cool evening air.  But we can't!  North St. Paul is the worst place to live!  I can hear my neighbor's air conditioner running at this time.  Why should someone have to run the air conditioner with a temperature of 69 degrees and comfortable humidity?  Because the air is so damn smoky they can't open the windows!

11:00 PM:  A very faint smoke lingers in the air.  There is no chance of opening the windows before bed. 

11:20 PM:  A faint wood smoke is in the air.  It is a different smell from earlier.  Somebody else may have started a bonfire.

North St. Paul sucks!