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CIO tells of 'lifetime of learning'

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PRESCOTT – Even as a chief information officer, Dan Heschke has never stopped believing in the value of learning. 

Heschke, who holds the title for Imation, based in Oakdale, Minn., told the story of being at a meeting of CIOs, including those from General Mills, 3M and Medtronic.

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“It was a pretty intimidating crowd,” he said while talking to the Kiwanis Club of Prescott June 26, “but yet all these people were there learning to share.”

Heschke, who lives in Hudson, told his story of how a University of Wisconsin-River Falls alum landed a high-profile job for a worldwide company.

“IT is a complex type of environment,” he said. “You have to have the ability to make the complex understandable…to articulate things to business people in a succinct manner.”

Heschke said keys to his success, which enabled him to climb the business ladder, included connecting with people who believed in him, an early commitment to a lifetime of learning, communication skills and strategic thinking.

He also advised traits learned in kindergarten -- such as play fair, clean up your mess and don’t take things that are yours -- are vital in today’s business climate.

Heschke also talked about the Youth Service Bureau, for which he is a member. The goal of the organization, which primarily works in Washington and Ramsey counties, is to help youth and families become successful throughout their community.

The non-profit organization works with over 1,400 youth and families per year with 86 percent of its clients between the ages of 13 through 19.

Some of its programs include Curfew Circles, Teen Intervention, Community Work Services and Restitution and Chemical Health Services.

“Every dollar invested in a program like ours saves the community $8 in future social costs associated with crime and social services,” Heschke said. He added that as a Wisconsin native, he hopes to expand this program across the border.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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