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Oprah In Saskatoon: Love Saskatchewan Residents Ask Icon To Save Their Tiny Town

04/15/2013 06:43 EDT | Updated 04/15/2013 06:45 EDT
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Oprah Winfrey wowed and mesmerized a Saskatoon audience on Sunday night but there was one small group of long-time fans that just weren't feeling the love.

Winfrey finished her Canadian tour, which was launched in Calgary and Edmonton back in January, when she hit the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon to a loud and lively crowd of 14,000 Sunday night, Metro reported.

"Amazing. I was so happy that I was able to come here," Marva Angela-Walker, who drove in from Regina to catch Oprah, told the CBC.

"It was phenomenal."

But there was one group of Saskatchewan residents that wasn't been able to make itself heard over the furor from the thousands of elated fans.

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Oprah In Saskatoon

The small town of Love, Saskatchewan, was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show nearly two decades ago and the 57 remaining residents of the village hope that Oprah may think of them one more time as they try to save their town, the Edmonton Journal reports.

Love - which got Oprah's attention for being the purveyor of romantic sentiments to love-struck pen pals the world over - is going bankrupt.

Residents believe if the host was to mention their plight, it would be enough for the town to raise the $50,000 it needs to pay off their debts and prevent the village from being swallowed up by surrounding municipalities, the Journal said.

The tiny town has some small town fundraisers lined up but believe that the awareness raised by a mention or tweet from Oprah may be enough to pull Love from the clutches of heartbreak, the Journal reports.

Love has been making news for decades thanks to its post office, which in 1984 commissioned an official cancel stamp - a stamp used by postal services to mark over a postage stamp - in the shape of a teddy bear and heart, as it commemorates the town and its namesake.

Since then, the town says its post office has received thousands of pieces of mail from all over the world from people wanting to give a loved one a rare and obscure romantic keepsake from far away.