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Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. Keith was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. He can be reached by text or call at 406-475-2954 .

Sidney Health Center vaccine mandate protest meeting draws around 50 SHC employees

By: - December 1, 2021

Around 50 healthcare workers from the Sidney Health Center gathered at Fellowship Baptist Church on Monday night to hear from state leaders like Attorney General Austin Knudsen and Hamilton Sen. Theresa Manzella speak against the hospital’s decision to follow a federal vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, which a federal judge has temporarily struck down. “It […]

Gianforte appoints Belgrade judge for Gallatin County judicial vacancy

By: - December 1, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte has appointed Belgrade judge Andrew Breuner to fulfill a judicial vacancy in Gallatin County District Court, the governor’s office announced on Wednesday. The vacancy filled by Breuner was created by the legislature’s addition of a district judge position to the Eighteenth Judicial District this past legislative session. “Andrew Breuner is a talented […]

Montana ramps up sequencing efforts to monitor for new omicron variant

By: - December 1, 2021

The state health department and its partners have increased their capacity to conduct sequencing of COVID-19 samples in an effort to monitor for the new omicron variant as it continues to pop in various countries around the world, including Wednesday’s report that it’s in America. “As a new variant emerges, we want to double or […]

Knudsen, Manzella to speak at anti-vaccine-mandate event in Sidney on Monday night

By: - November 29, 2021

Attorney General Austin Knudsen and Hamilton Sen. Theresa Manzella will be among those to speak at an event in Sidney on Monday night pushing back on the Sidney Health Center’s recent decision to follow a federal vaccine mandate that requires all hospitals receiving federal Medicaid or Medicare funds to vaccinate their employees. According to Jordan […]

Meeting to protest Sidney Health Center vaccine mandate compliance to be held Monday

By: - November 24, 2021

The Montana Daily Gazette and the political group Conservatives United for Richland County have had a hand in organizing and promoting a private event on Monday that will focus on teaching Sidney Health Center employees how to challenge the hospital’s decision to comply with a federal vaccine mandate necessary to keep Medicaid and Medicare funding. […]

UPDATED: Sen. Theresa Manzella responds to backlash from LGBTQ comments

By: - November 24, 2021

Hamilton Sen. Theresa Manzella is maintaining comments she made at an event last week that have prompted backlash for being disparaging to the LGBTQ community were taken out of context, though she has not denied making them, nor has she asked the Missoulian, which first reported the remarks, to issue a correction. In response to […]

Richard Spencer among white nationalists found liable on Tuesday for Charlottesville rally

By: - November 23, 2021

A jury found Richard Spencer and 16 other white nationalist leaders and organizations who organized the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, liable on Tuesday for injuries to counter-protestors and more than $26 million in damages. The 11-person jury in the Western District of Virginia found Spencer, who has lived part-time in Whitefish, […]

New report highlights nursing workforce shortage in the state

By: - November 20, 2021

A new report on the status of nursing in Montana highlights the increased demand for nurses in the state, an industry that has become more strained than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Montana’s healthcare system relies on a highly-skilled nursing workforce. Increased retirements from an aging population combined with increased demand on the healthcare system […]

Privacy concerns prompt MT leg study of facial recognition technology

By: - November 18, 2021

Most Montanans probably do not know that when they go to get their driver’s license picture taken, it is entering a system that feeds into a larger database used by national law enforcement agencies. Or that when they apply for unemployment benefits, their picture could be shared with the government. Those privacy anxieties are why legislators […]

Knudsen joins lawsuit challenging federal vaccine mandate for healthcare workers

By: - November 16, 2021

Montana, along with 11 other states, is suing to stop the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, calling it federal overreach and saying it would further burden the healthcare sector in Montana, where a large percentage of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are already facing worker shortages. Attorney General Austin […]

Investigation finds reasonable cause of discrimination and harassment by state contractor

By: - November 12, 2021

The Montana Human Rights Bureau has found reasonable cause to believe that three former employees of a medical nonprofit that contracts with the state were subject to a years-long pattern of gender-based harassment, discrimination, and retaliation by the organization’s director, according to an investigative report. The three former employees, all women, filed their complaints with […]

Environmental groups, tribes sue DEQ for lack of ‘bad actor’ enforcement against mining company

By: - November 11, 2021

A coalition of Montana environmental groups and Indian tribes are suing the state for not enforcing the “bad actor” provision of the law against the former head of Pegasus Gold mining company, who is proposing two new large-scale mining projects in the state that the groups say would devastate areas of cultural significance to the […]