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Happy birthday, Sandy's

An assortment of Sandy's doughnuts. Photo courtesy Sandy's Donuts1 / 2
Sandy's Donuts & Coffee Shop, 301 Main Ave. W., as seen here Oct. 30, 2014, is now offering home and office delivery within 10 miles of its West Fargo store. Forum file photo2 / 2

West Fargo's own Sandy's Donuts turns 35 this week.

Sandy and Donna Ostlund opened the doors to Sandy's Donuts & Coffee Shop on Sept. 13, 1983.

Sandy Ostund had lost his job at a trucking company at age 55 and decided to open a shop after he had trouble finding work. He had learned to make donuts from his mother

He and wife Donna operated the first shop in West Fargo and eventually, their son Mark returned from college to help with the family business.

Sandy's moved into its current location on Sheyenne Street in 2002. At that time, Donna retired and Mark took over the business full time but Sandy continued to bake.

Sandy continued to work at his business until he suffered a stroke in 2008. He died a few months later on Oct. 13, 2008.

In 2014, Sandy's expanded to a second location in Fargo and the West Fargo location was expanded to include a 2,000 square foot kitchen in 2015. The donut business continues to grow, with delivery options now expanded as far as Grand Forks.

The West Fargo location at 301 Sheyenne St. W., remains Sandy's "flagship" store.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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