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True love, separated by the border

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When COVID closed all land crossings at the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential travel, Karolyn Gagnier, of Windsor, Canada, and Scott Meyers, just across the river in Detroit, Michigan, found themselves in one of the shortest long-distance relationships in North America. Correspondent Steve Hartman reports on the lengths Myers and Gagnier have gone to, to reunite.

Video Transcript

- Can an international border in this time of COVID stop the course of true love? A question for Steve Hartman.

STEVE HARTMAN: Scott Meyers of Detroit, Michigan and Karolyn Gagnier of Windsor, Canada are in one of the shortest long-distance relationships in North America.

KAROLYN GAGNIER: We could literally wave at one another.

SCOTT MEYERS: Wave at her, and she would see me.

STEVE HARTMAN: Scott and Karolyn have been dating a couple of years. They used to see each other all the time. But when COVID closed all land border crossings to non-essential travel, this mile-wide waterway became an ocean.

So what does it take for you to see him?


SCOTT MEYERS: Here we go.


KAROLYN GAGNIER: Right. So I get in my car, drive four and a half hours to the airport in Toronto, got on an airplane, flew literally back to where I had started to surprise him at work. That's how much I love him.


STEVE HARTMAN: They've gotten together a few other times, but flights are expensive. So most of their visits are decidedly less intimate.


SCOTT MEYERS: I'm getting my binoculars out as we speak.

STEVE HARTMAN: This past week, they came to the river at our request--


STEVE HARTMAN: --to show just how close but yet so far they are.

SCOTT MEYERS: Ugh. My eyes are all watery.

KAROLYN GAGNIER: I know. I miss our normal.

STEVE HARTMAN: You know there are other fish in the Detroit River?

KAROLYN GAGNIER: So you are the 451st person, I believe, that asked that question in the last year. Scott is my person.

STEVE HARTMAN: Along our borders, there are thousands of couples like Karolyn and Scott, stranded on separate shores, waiting for land crossings to open. And I share their story today in hopes that their curse illuminates your blessing. To be stuck at home with the one you love on Valentine's Day sounds pretty perfect to them. And Karolyn says, well worth waiting for.

KAROLYN GAGNIER: We had a trip planned last March, where Scott was going to ask me a very important question.

STEVE HARTMAN: What's your favorite color?

KAROLYN GAGNIER: Exactly. So I'm very much looking forward to Scott and I being able to finally travel where he can ask me in a very romantic manner what my favorite color is.

STEVE HARTMAN: And what would the answer be?

KAROLYN GAGNIER: Uh, yes, and red.



- (SINGING) Won't you be my Valentine and say you'll love me all the time?