‘A Great Place to Come Home To’: Amanda Viebrock

Taylor Schoenberg interviews Amanda Viebrock. (Provided photo)

Taylor Schoenberg interviews Amanda Viebrock. (Provided photo)


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


By Taylor Schoenberg

Amanda Viebrock graduated in 1998 from Waterville High School. She bought Waterville Family Grocery a little over two years ago.

Amanda grew up here, left for college, and came back 10 years later. “My family grew up here on my father’s side and my mother has been in the community for a long time,” she said.

Amanda enjoys owning the store because of the spontaneous conversations she has with a variety of people. “As a whole, I think going in the grocery store I get to see people from all of those areas so you get to know who they are and what their lives are like.”

High school was great for Amanda. She participated in softball and volleyball. Amanda also mentioned the school was being remodeled. “We didn’t always have the commons area,” she said. Students then didn’t have the pool and foosball tables that we do today.

Her favorite teacher was Mr. Duchow because in math he made it entertaining and educational.

Waterville is the pretty much the same today for Amanda. “It’s grown up a little bit and its dynamic has changed some, but it has the same good qualities as I remember as a kid,” Amanda said.