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4 US missionaries detained and questioned for in Venezuela return home to North Dakota

  • Freed aid workers Arlynn Hefta, right, and Kermit Paulson, left, embrace their wives at Hector International Airport, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. They were among four American missionaries who were released after several days of detention and questioning by Venezuelan authorities. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)

    Freed aid workers Arlynn Hefta, right, and Kermit Paulson, left, embrace their wives at Hector International Airport, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. They were among four American missionaries who were released after several days of detention and questioning by Venezuelan authorities. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Freed aid worker Russ Petty embraces his wife, Helen, at Hector International Airport, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. Petty was among four American missionaries who were released after several days of detention and questioning by Venezuelan authorities. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)

    Freed aid worker Russ Petty embraces his wife, Helen, at Hector International Airport, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. Petty was among four American missionaries who were released after several days of detention and questioning by Venezuelan authorities. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Freed aid worker Arlynn Hefta embraces his wife at Hector International Airport, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. Hefta was among four American missionaries who were released after several days of detention and questioning by Venezuelan authorities. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)

    Freed aid worker Arlynn Hefta embraces his wife at Hector International Airport, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. Hefta was among four American missionaries who were released after several days of detention and questioning by Venezuelan authorities. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)  (The Associated Press)

Four American missionaries released by Venezuelan authorities after several days of detention and questioning say they are happy to be back home in North Dakota, but that they hope to return to Venezuela someday.

The group from the Devils Lake area was caught up in escalating political tension between the U.S. and Venezuela. They were told they didn't have the required work visas, something that wasn't required in the last 14 years of delivering hearing aids and medicines to needy citizens.

Group leader Arlynn Hefta says it was a "harrowing" experience but the missionaries weren't physically harmed and were treated "somewhat adequately."

Hefta broke down when talking about the day Venezuelan soldiers armed with rifles came into the church where the Americans had set up a clinic.