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

Wednesday 09/07/2011 Air Pollution

It was smoky as hell tonight from a yard waste burner who lives a few homes down from city council member Bob Bruton. Bad luck brought the heavy smoke right into our neighborhood a distance away from the source. Wood or yard waste smoke goes wherever the wind blows it. Tonight the wind brought the very heavy air pollution into our area.

4:10 PM: No smoke. Sunny, 78 degrees, it is a beautiful day.

4:55 PM: Faint to light grass and possibly wood smoke coming in the windows. Some asshole is illegally burning yard waste somewhere. Close the windows!

5:05 PM: Light to moderate wood and grass smoke. North St. Paul sucks!

5:30 PM: Faint to light wood smoke. It is common for yard waste burners to start a bonfire then rake their grass clippings into it. I suspect this is being done.

6:10 PM: Light grass smoke. I don't know what all is being burned, but sticking my head outside to take a few breaths of air left me with a sore throat and tingling sinuses! I got a sore throat from the air pollution in North St. Paul! That's what a horrible place North St. Paul is to live. The air pollution is so bad a few breaths of it causes pain.

6:13 PM: Moderate grass smoke. Yard waste burning does not often get this heavy. I had to find the source. I found the burner a few homes down and across the street from city council member Bob Bruton's house. The burner was near the intersection of Polar Ave. & Lake Blvd. on the western edge of Silver Lake. The wind was blowing west, so I don't know if the smoke made it up to Bruton's home. That asshole Bob Bruton supports smoky air. If anyone deserves to breathe that heavy air pollution, it is a supporter of it like him. Being as far away as we are, the smoke was very heavy. It must have been even heavier for the neighbors in the path of the smoke. My throat was more sore than before from the continued exposure to the smoke. What would happen if someone was burning poison ivy along with their yard waste? You know North St. Paul's air quality is very bad when it gives you a sore throat.

6:30 PM: Faint wood smoke at this time.

7:00 PM: Light to moderate smoke of some type. I'm not sure what all is being burned.

7:10 PM: Moderate wood smoke. That's over 2 hours now of heavy smoke pollution in the air. Does North St. Paul sound like the kind of city you want to live in?

8:00 PM: A faint smoke of some type is in the air. That's over 3 hours of wood and yard waste smoke in the air already this evening and it is still early.

8:15 PM: A very faint trace of smoke of some type is in the air. Taking a few breaths left me with irritated sinuses. I can feel the burn in my sinuses. 73 degrees at this time. In a normal city that isn't shitty like North St. Paul, we would have our windows open and be enjoying the cool evening air. But you can't in this hell on earth town. North St. Paul sucks!

9:25 PM: No smoke. A reprieve from the torture of North St. Paul's hellish air pollution!

11:00 PM: Very faint to faint wood smoke. The air has been smoky with wood or grass for the better part of the last 6 hours. This is normal for North St. Paul. There is no chance of opening the windows tonight. As always, we go to bed with the windows closed up tight because of North St. Paul's normal air pollution.

North St. Paul sucks!