Jacob Wheeler

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  • 1 year ago | Longform

    It's hot, damn hot, on the upper bench. The thermometer needle points into the red. Someone on the lower bench tosses a ladle of water on the rocks above the stove, unleashing a sizzle and a cloud of steam that rises to meet you. "Breathe in," you...

  • 2 years ago | Longform

    Last Thanksgiving, Byron Smith got more than turkey, cranberry, and mashed potatoes on his plate. The 64-year-old retired State Department employee shot and killed two wayward local teenagers when they allegedly tried to burglarize his home on Elm...

  • 3 years ago | Longform

    On April 17 of this year — Tax Day — a modern David vs. Goliath struggle unfolded at a US Bank annual shareholders meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Monique White, a black single mother who works two jobs, took an audience ...

  • 3 years ago | Restaurant Reviews

    You've heard the gripes about Scandinavian food being boring. There's the obligatory holiday exodus to visit grandparents in outstate Minnesota and eat lutefisk — a Norwegian cod preserved in lye — served with potatoes and mashed peas ...

  • 4 years ago | Longform

    Today, the corner of Broadway and Penn avenues in the heart of north Minneapolis is a study in contrasts. Shrimp fly off the fryer and into hungry mouths on busy weekends at El Amin's Fish House, which has remained open since the May 22 tornado. B...