‘A Great Place to Come Home To’: Jody Flaget

Jody Flaget is interviewed by Taylor Schoenberg. (Provided photo)

Jody Flaget is interviewed by Taylor Schoenberg. (Provided photo)


This is the fifth of a series of profiles featured ahead of the sixth annual NCW Community Success Summit, which IRIS (Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship) is convening in Waterville on Nov. 12. This year’s theme, “A Great Place to Come Home To,” celebrates the return of people from multi-generational families to the community. It also welcomes the contributions and successes of more recent arrivals who have chosen to make their home here. For more information about the summit visit www.irisncw.org. To sample more stories about Waterville and other NCW communities, visit the Listening Post Network.


By Taylor Schoenberg 

Jody Flaget has lived in Waterville for almost 30 years and graduated from Waterville High School in 1996. This year will be his 20 year reunion.

Jody’s parents moved here to manage the Wheat Haven when he was in elementary school. Today, Jody is proud to raise his family here for many reasons. He mentioned, “the people are what’s great about Waterville,” and also stated, “the community takes care of people” including the school. Jody said he “had great teachers that were looking after me.” He added that his “one-time favorite has to be Alice Ruud.”

He is proud to share with outsiders a story about a friend of his who was involved in a car crash near Waterville. Jody’s friend “was blown away about how many people stopped to help,” demonstrating another reason why Waterville is a great place to come home to.