The Star Tribune recently published a piece on the volunteer effort to staff City Hall here in Wayzata. Here is an excerpt, as well as a link to the full store.

"Deeby Kadrie staffed the reception desk of the Wayzata Public Works Department last week, fielding calls, preparing a mailing and signing for parcels. She loves the job -- even though she isn't getting paid.

Kadrie is among about 120 volunteers helping the western suburb cope with the loss of 10 employee positions in the past two years, or about 15 percent of its workforce.

Across the state, volunteers are bailing out government.

'We knew that volunteers couldn't replace our layoffs, but we were looking to see if we could continue providing our services with diminished staff,' said Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox. 'Plus, I wanted people [residents] to understand the stress that the economy was putting on the city budget.'"

Volunteers help fill holes that budget cuts left in cities' staffs |