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Newly freed hiker Shane Bauer back home in Minnesota

The Associated Press reports Shane Bauer and his fiancee Sarah Shourd are spending time this week at his mother's home in Onamia. Bauer's mother say they haven't spent a lot of time talking about their time behind bars.
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The Associated Press reports Shane Bauer and his fiancee Sarah Shourd are spending time this week at his mother's home in Onamia. Bauer's mother say they haven't spent a lot of time talking about their time behind bars.

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