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SITTING IN HIS parents' Detroit lakes yard, Brook Chelmo (left) holds his daughter Aria and wife Keiko. The family recently made it out of Japan after having tried to return to the U.S. since March.

Chelmos safe at home

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Brook Chelmo and his family are finally back home in Detroit Lakes.

"I just ran up to him, wrapped my arms around him and bawled," said Joyce Chelmo, Brook's mother, as she talked about the happy airport reunion Wednesday.

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His brother, Derek, and father, Richard, were also overjoyed.

"I didn't shed tears," said Brook, "I was just in a state of shock; I couldn't believe I was finally here."

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