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Staff report, Published May 29 2009

Hoeven, other officials, to welcome home Saberi Saturday at Fargo airport

FARGO - North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven and other state and local officials will gather to welcome home former Fargo journalist Roxana Saberi and her family at Hector International Airport on Saturday.

Hoeven announced in a press release today that he will be joined by Fargo Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney, U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy, Concordia College President Pam Jolicoeur, Concordia College journalism professor Catherine McMullen and others at 2 p.m. Saturday to welcome home Saberi.

Saberi, who was freed earlier this month from an Iranian prison, says she wants to return to North Dakota and write a book. She was arrested Jan. 31 in Iran on arrest on charges of spying for the United States. The U.S. denied the charges.

The 32-year-old Saberi, who grew up in Fargo, had lived in Iran for six years and had been working on a book about Iranian culture before her arrest.

Saberi was released in Iran on May 11.

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