Thief River Falls soldier surprises daughter after returning from deployment

Dad surprises his daughter at school after seven months in Afghanistan.

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A Thief River Falls dad surprised his daughter after being being gone for more than seven months.

Dylan Nerem had been deployed to Afghanistan.

On Friday, the third graders at Challenger Elementary got to meet their mascot.

When they called Nerem's daughter Stella up, the mascot removed the Prowler mask to reveal it was Nerem himself.

WDAY was told Stella's grandma and aunts were there as well.