February 10, 2015
Clearwater County, Minnesota, is home to Lake Itasca, the traditionally accepted source of the Mississippi River. The name “Itasca” is a combination of the Latin words for truth (veritas) and head (caput) and was chosen to designate the Mississippi’s “true head,” or headwaters. The lake and its flow into the river are depicted amongst rocks and majestic pines in the foreground of the service patch for the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office. The center of the patch features the Minnesota state seal enclosed in a gold star.