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Doughnuts from Atwater big hit in D.C.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar holds up doughnuts and rolls from Thompson Bakery and Coffee House in Atwater. Submitted photo courtesy Sen. Klobuchar's office

WILLMAR -- About three dozen of Atwater's finest doughnuts, fritters, bowties, caramel rolls, muffins and raspberry crispies were sent this week to the nation's capital, where they were showcased during U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's "Minnesota Morning" event.

Shehosts a coffee gathering in her Washington, D.C., office every Thursday the Senate is in session and invites all Minnesotans who are visiting the capital.

It's her tradition to serve specialties made in Minnesota.

This week, the goodies came from the Thompson Bakery and Coffee House in Atwater.

"Thompson Bakery and Coffee House is a great example of the successful local businesses that are found in communities across Minnesota," Klobuchar said in a news release. "I'm happy to share some of the treats they have to offer at Minnesota Morning."

The Thompson Bakery and Coffee House is a family bakery and café. Audrey and Terry Thompson help run the business while their son, Joel, is the baker.

Audrey Thompson said she took a call a couple weeks ago from Klobuchar's staff, asking if the bakery would be willing to fill an order for the senator.

"I told them, oh yes, we can figure out something," she said, adding that the family was "honored" to be selected.

On Tuesday afternoon, they got the request for an assortment of 40 bakery items to be baked Wednesday morning and packed up for a UPS truck to pick up on Wednesday afternoon.

Joel Thompson decided to make and send some of his unique and popular treats, including a chocolate nut fritter and a twisted bowtie drizzled with chocolate.

The cartons were cushioned in bubble wrap and sent on the truck.

"That's a long way to ship them," said Audrey Thompson.

After an overnight delivery, they were served on Thursday.

"I'm amazed they still look that good," said Terry Thompson, while looking at a picture of Klobuchar holding a plate of the treats. He had been worried the chocolate would melt.

Visitors to Klobuchar's "Minnesota Morning" have an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of her work in the Senate, mingle with fellow Minnesotans visiting Washington, meet the senator's staff and take photographs with the senator -- and eat Minnesota goodies.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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