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The Coborn family celebrates a quarter century of Lake Itasca tours this summer, the enterprise founded by Tom and Mickey Coborn. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Chester Charles II transports passengers to days of yore

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For more than a century, the source of the Mighty Mississippi eluded Europeans arriving on North American shores.

Zebulon Pike went looking for it; Lewis Cass proclaimed Cass Lake to be the river's starting point. Giacomo Beltrami claimed he'd found it.

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