What weather phenomenon 'drained' the Mississippi?

On this day in 1939, a weather event in Minnesota allegedly "left the Mississippi River dry." What happened? For the answer, click on the headline above.
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In the Anoka area, a tornado takes nine lives, injures 222, causes $1 million in damages, and momentarily sucks the Mississippi River dry. According to one eyewitness, the twister drew up "a half-mile column of water from the ... river in a great steam-like cloud."

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