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, September 10, 2011

Saturday 09/10/2011 Air Pollution

Heavy grass smoke from illegal yard waste burning this afternoon. Extremely heavy stinky wood smoke this evening. This is one of the smokiest nights ever in our years of living in this horrible city. Do you want to live in a polluted hell of a city like this?

Somebody who lives near the fire chief had an extremely smoky fire that smelled awful. The fire was so smoky it blanketed the entire neighborhood with a cloud of smoke. Everywhere we looked was a cloud of icky, stinky smoke. But somebody called the cops on the burner. I don't know who called the police, but I thank you.

3:15 PM: Light wood smoke that was gone a minute later.

4:00 PM: Light to moderate grass smoke. Someone is illegally burning yard waste and as heavy as the smoke is, they cannot be far away. 83 degrees, sunny, and beautiful except for the damn yard waste smoke.

4:25 PM: Light to moderate grass smoke. The illegal yard waste burning continues.

5:00 PM: No smoke.

5:50 PM: Light to moderate grass smoke. I wish these asshole yard waste burners would burn all of their waste at one time instead of burning a little here and there and dragging it out over several hours.

6:00 PM: Light to moderate grass smoke continues. It would be a nice evening to sit outside but if we do, we will be inhaling burning grass smoke with every breath. North St. Paul sucks!

6:20 PM: Light to moderate grass smoke continues. That's about two and a half hours of intermittent grass smoke this evening. And the bonfires will start soon, making this hell of a city even smokier.

6:50 PM: Faint grass smoke continues.

7:30 PM: Light horrible stinky wood smoke.

8:00 PM: Strong horrible stinky wood smoke. The entire area is blanketed with heavy smoke like a cloud. The air pollution in North St. Paul is so heavy you can see it everywhere you look.

I went out at this time for a cruise to find out where the burning is. I did not cover most streets. There is no breeze this evening. Smoke is rising and gently floating to the southwest. I hit a couple of areas like Water Tower Park and the Silver Lake area. I found smoke everywhere but could locate only four areas of burning.

1) A home near the fire chief's house was producing a huge amount of smoke that blanketed the entire neighborhood with a horrible smelling cloud of smoke. This was the heaviest smoke we have experienced in all our years in North St. Paul. At first, I thought it might be the fire chief's house doing the burning, but it was one or two homes south of him. Somebody called the police to have the fire put out because there were two police cars parked outside the home when I came back. I could smell the smoke from that burner all the way down to Chippewa & 19th. I didn't go any further beyond that and would not be shocked if the smoke went farther.

2) A home on Lake Blvd. is having their second smoky bonfire of the week that I witnessed. They also had a smoky recreational fire on Thursday 09/08/2011. They bought the house in May 2010. These assholes move into the area and they become frequent burners. That's all we need. We had two smoky burners leave the area because of foreclosure since July 2010 and we have a new frequent burner to make up for the loss.

3) A home on 1st near 17th is having a bonfire in the backyard. I noticed as I was driving down 17th.

4) I headed down 15th to make a quick pass through the Water Tower Park area. I found one smoky bonfire on 15th just east of 3rd.

I only found four fires, but it was smoky all over. Other than the second house in the list on Lake Blvd., I did not find any other homes burning near Silver Lake. But it was still early when I was out. Most burning doesn't begin until after dark, 9 PM or about.

I took a little consolation in the fact that it was very smoky in front of city council member Bob Bruton's house on Lake Blvd. near Poplar. I noticed it as I was passing through the area to go around back onto Helen. It is only 73 degrees outside and we would have our windows open if not for the heavy wood smoke. I hope Bob had his windows open and inhaled that wood smoke deep into his lungs. Bruton supports wood smoke pollution.

8:30 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke back home. It's a different smell from that stinky smoke the house on Helen was producing, number one on the list above. Somebody else probably started a bonfire. It's Saturday, we have beautiful weather, and people are burning like crazy in this horrible shit town. My clothes stink of wood smoke from being outside.

North St. Paul sucks! Horrible shitty city! Don't buy a home here. You will be sorry!

8:52 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke at this time. A different smell from before. Another bonfire in the neighborhood.

9:20 PM: Faint wood smoke.

9:30 PM: The air is not fresh but mostly clear at this time. The wind must have shifted because the burning doesn't stop this early in hell on earth North St. Paul.

10:40 PM: Light wood smoke.

11:05 PM: Light wood smoke continues.

11:30 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke. Smokier now than before.

11:45 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke. Another long, smoky night in North St. Paul.

Do you want to live in a city like this?