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Sandy's donuts as popular as ever

Twenty-four years and going strong, Sandy's Donuts and Coffee Shop continues to live up to its reputation of the best donuts around, all baked fresh daily at their West Fargo location, conveniently positioned and easy to find on the corner of Main Avenue and Sheyenne Street.

Hands-on owner operators are Sandy and Donna Ostlund, who originally founded the business in 1983, and their son, Mark, who became actively involved after graduating from college. The threesome, with Donna now a little less active, oversees the daily activity that involves both a large walk-in customer base as well as a huge delivery network to a variety of area business clientele.

Stop in any day and you'll be able to choose from the countless variety of donuts and other baked items, with a flavor sure to suit every taste. Carrot, pumpkin, chocolate covered with peanut butter icing, lemon, cherry, raspberry or cream filled, French, sour cream or glazed-raised, the list goes on. Add to the donuts their over-sized, signature caramel and cinnamon rolls, the bagels, bars and muffins, and the specialty cookies and cupcakes and it doesn't get any better.

. Kuchen is also becoming a fast favorite, so much so, Sandy's will be expanding the offerings for this delicacy with a multitude of additional flavors including peach, rhubarb, apple, blueberry, custard, and anything else requested.

They also want to tap into a brand new area for their business - the homemade pie market - a feat Sandy said they hope to be accomplishing soon.

Besides serving up their one-of-a-kind donuts and pastries, Sandy's also offers a breakfast and noon luncheon menu, with the latter featuring their famous homemade turkey chili, and a variety of other soups and sandwiches; as well as a noon hour catering service for small to medium business meetings.

Sandy, Donna, and Mark are pleased that their donuts have remained a steady hit through the years, providing them a livelihood they have also been able to enjoy. Mark said that key to Sandy's Donuts success has been their staff of dedicated employees, coupled with a strong customer following that through the years has remained loyal, always coming back for more of Sandy's perfected trademark donuts.

On this note, the shop is also a huge hit with school-age children, who often stop in before school or over the noon hour for a quick donut, or for the older student and larger appetite, the giant size Packer Donut, also a longtime signature creation.

Hours at Sandy's Donuts and Coffee Shop are 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 5:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Orders can be arranged by calling 281-0430.