By Dee-ann Durbin
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

McDonald’s has begun the process of selling its restaurants in Russia after more than 30 years in the country. The Chicago burger giant said Alexander Govor, who operates 25 restaurants in Siberia, has agreed to buy McDonald’s 850 Russian restaurants and operate them under a new name. McDonald’s didn’t disclose […]

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday he was ”confident that we will come to a quick decision to welcome both Sweden and Finland to join the NATO family” despite Turkey’s opposition to the two Nordic countries joining the 30-member military alliance. Stoltenberg would not be drawn […]

By Karl Ritter
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden and Finland on Tuesday pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO even as Turkey insisted it won’t let the previously non-aligned Nordic countries into the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strongly worded objections caught the two […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

Members of three International Falls churches have come together to plan a dinner in support of Ukrainian refugees. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church deacon Lee Grim along with members from Zion Lutheran and First Lutheran churches felt the community was saying this event was something that needed to happen. “I believe […]

By Sarah Smellie
THE CANADIAN PRESS

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – It was less than a month after Russia invaded Ukraine when Kelly Power got a message from an old friend asking if she’d take in her 16-year-old brother – if he could make it to Newfoundland. The boy was in Ukraine, and his sister was trying […]

By Samuel Petrequin
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BRUSSELS (AP) – France’s president warned Monday that decades could pass before Ukraine joins the European Union, and proposed a new political organization to bring together countries on the continent that share EU values but are not part of the bloc. During a speech marking Europe Day in Strasbourg, France, […]

Press release

A Ukrainian Refugee Relief Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 25 at the Elks Lodge to raise money in the International Falls and Fort Frances area to give to the USA for United Nations HCR- The UN Refugee Agency for Ukrainian war refugees. Dinner will be an assortment of […]

The Gun and Hobby Show will be held May 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club. A variety of hunting related vendors will be on hand. Admission is $5. Free for children under 5. A Mother’s Day Market will be held May 7 from […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

Aniela Hannaford was walking into Walmart as the information of four Ukrainian passports were sent to her phone. Viktoriia Katsal and Christian Egwuom trusted Hannaford enough to send not only their own passport information, but also of their two children. Hannaford now hosts Katsal, Egwuoam, and their kids David (10) […]

By Kerstin Sopke And Frank Jordans
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BERLIN (AP) — It’s a sunny May morning as the early crowd arrives for a dip at Berlin’s Prinzenbad outdoor pool, but the air is still crisp and the water isn’t much warmer — one of many small impacts that Germany is currently feeling from the war in Ukraine. “Berlin’s […]

By Tia Goldenberg
THE ASSOCIaTED PRESS

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Monday lashed out at Russia over “unforgivable” comments by its foreign minister about Nazism and antisemitism — including claims that Adolf Hitler was Jewish. Israel, which summoned the Russian ambassador in response, said the remarks blamed Jews for their own murder in the […]