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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Monday, May 20, 2013

Saturday 04/27/2013 Air Pollution

12:05 AM:  Very faint to faint wood smoke continues.

1:00 AM:  No smoke.

3:00 AM:  Light to moderate wood smoke.  It smells like two-by-fours are being burned.  Burning of waste is common in North St. Paul, MN.  This isn't smoke from logs.  This smells like construction materials.    There is no real breeze at this time.  Wherever the burning is happening, the smoke is drifting down and hanging in the air.  I can see a smoky haze in the street lights.  The temperature is 51 degrees in the Twin Cities and may be a few degrees cooler in the suburbs.  With a temperature this low it could be a fireplace being used.  I can't think of why anyone would use a fireplace at 3 AM.

6:00 AM:  No smoke.  Fresh air!  Open the windows!

It was another smoky night in North St. Paul.

4:40 PM:  The air is not fresh.  There is something in it even if I can't identify it. 

5:15 PM:  No smoke.  74 degrees, sunny, very nice. 

5:30 PM:  Very faint wood smoke coming and going on the breeze.  Somebody is burning.  It turned out to be asshole frequent burner burning for the first of what will be many times this season.  Close the windows!

6:45 PM:  Light wood smoke from asshole frequent burner comes and goes.

7:00 PM:  Faint wood smoke.

7:05 PM:  Light grass smoke.  We had snow on the ground three days ago.  Where is asshole frequent burner getting the yard waste?  Is it left over from last year?

8:00 PM:  No smoke.  Could asshole frequent burner be done?  He usually burns for hours at a time.

Went out after this time.  Smoky patches could be found all over the northern half of the city.  Wood, yard waste, it was all being burned here and there.  I saw 10 bonfires in an area of about three-quarters mile wide by a half mile north to south.  I was not trying to look for them.  I happened to pass that many.

9:35 PM:  Light wood smoke.  Now the bonfires are going strong.  It is going to be a long, smoky night.

10:40 PM:  Light wood smoke continues.  This was my last check of the evening.  I did not wake until morning.