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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 .

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 […]

Montana Nurses Association said it’s shut out by Gianforte

By: - November 10, 2021

Over the last three months, as the coronavirus has continued to cripple the state, the Montana Nurses Association said it has tried eight times to schedule a meeting with Gov. Greg Gianforte to address the need for more support for nurses on the front lines. “We should be at the table; it breaks my heart. […]

Early outlook at Montana’s tax revenue is promising

By: - November 9, 2021

A budget analyst with Legislative Services Division told a promising story to the Revenue Interim Committee on Tuesday about Montana’s new fiscal year but cautioned that’s it is still early. “Long story short, only four months of data, but two that play a very big role in how strong the general fund is at the […]

Federal officials say Afghan refugee accused of rape in Missoula was properly vetted

By: - November 9, 2021

An Afghan evacuee recently charged with rape in Missoula had no prior criminal history and completed a “rigorous and multi-layered” vetting process before entering the country, according to the U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Zabihullah Mohmand is accused of raping a woman in a downtown hotel in Missoula in October […]

Whitefish school board recall effort is emblematic of bigger movement

By: - November 8, 2021

A campaign to recall all members of the Whitefish school board is underway, with supporters arguing trustees ignored parents’ constitutional rights by not allowing the “right of participation” when deciding to implement a mask mandate in the district for children not old enough to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Jenny Paatalo, a Whitefish parent who filed […]

Special counsel to meet with AG next week as part of St. Peter’s investigation

By: - November 5, 2021

The Attorney General’s office is set to meet with the legislative special counsel next week to review documents pertaining to an investigation into reports that Attorney General Austin Knudsen used state resources, including law enforcement, to harass and intimidate physicians and staff at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena. “Special Counsel Abra Belke informed the majority […]

Austin Knudsen challenges federal vaccine mandate for large employers

By: - November 5, 2021

Attorney General Austin Knudsen, joined by 10 other states and three private employers, petitioned the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to block the Biden administration’s newly released COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers with more than 100 employees. On Thursday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published new regulations mandating most employees at […]

Montana to study sentencing patterns for possible racial disparities

By: - November 4, 2021

Montana’s judicial branch, with help from the Council of State Governments, is conducting a study of sentencing patterns in the state across racial groups to determine whether disparities exist and if so, where. In Montana, data from the Department of Corrections show Native Americans are overrepresented in state prisons. ​​Montana is home to seven Indian […]

FBI: Rate of violent crime in Montana continues to surpass national rate

By: - November 3, 2021

The rate at which violent crimes were committed in Montana in 2020 surpassed the national rate for the second year — part of a more significant trend of violent crime increasing in Montana while decreasing nationally, according to recently released FBI crime data. “This is sort of a longer-term pattern in Montana, that we have […]

DPHHS: COVID-19 expected to be third leading cause of death in MT

By: - November 1, 2021

COVID-19 is expected to be the third leading cause of death in Montana for the second consecutive year in 2021 with Native Americans four times more likely to die from the infection than white residents, according to a new report released by the Department of Public Health and Human Services. From Jan. 1, 2020, to […]

Montana records first influenza case since April 2020, state continues to struggle with COVID-19

By: - October 29, 2021

The Flathead City-County Health Department and the Department of Public Health and Human Services announced the state’s first confirmed case of influenza on Thursday since April 2020. The case comes as the state continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, as it is currently ranked the second-worst state in the country for daily cases and […]

Welcome back home: Bison return to Rocky Boy Reservation

By: - October 27, 2021

BOX ELDER — Jason Belcourt said he teared up when the first of 11 buffalo arrived at the Rocky Boy reservation on Sunday night as part of an effort to reintroduce bison on the reservation, which have been absent from the land since the late 1990s. “He jumped off the trailer went into the round […]