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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 .

Sen. Osmundson appointment to budget director poses constitutional question

By: - September 8, 2021

The recent appointment of sitting Sen. Ryan Osmundson by Gov. Greg Gianforte to lead his administration’s budget office has again raised the question about the constitutionality of appointing mid-term legislators to civil office. The framers of the 1972 constitution made it a point to address the possible conflicts with the separation of powers that may […]

One teen dead, another injured following car accident near Helena

By: - September 7, 2021

The Montana Highway Patrol announced one teenager is dead and another is injured after their car drove off a roadway and rolled over multiple times near Helena around 10:45 a.m. on Monday. The accident took place on Diamond Springs in the North Helena Valley, according to the accident report. The two teenage girls, 19 and […]

Gianforte questions mask mandates, issues new rule as COVID cases climb

By: - August 31, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Safety published an emergency rule asking local school boards to follow state guidance when issuing mask mandates, calling into question the benefits of wearing masks to ward off COVID-19 in a school setting. While the rule does not mandate anything, it encourages school […]

Parents, nonprofit sue Missoula schools over mask mandates

By: - August 27, 2021

A handful of parents are suing three Missoula school districts over the mandatory mask policies arguing the science behind masking is flawed and unconstitutionally interferes with their children’s freedom of expression. Of 12 plaintiffs, 11 are parents suing on behalf of their children enrolled at the three schools named in the suit, including one set […]

Montana State Prison employees meet with state Thursday as possible strike looms in background

By: - August 26, 2021

Dangerous working conditions, staff shortages, and non-competitive wages were among the top concerns of Montana State Prison employees, who are inching closer to a possible strike, as they met with officials from the state department of corrections on Thursday to continue negotiations. Gregory Frazer, a medical technician at the prison participating in Thursday’s negotiations, said […]

Missoula heads into legal gray with vote to continue quarantine order for close contacts

By: - August 24, 2021

The Missoula City-County Health Board voted on Tuesday to continue following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines when ordering people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to isolate and close contacts to quarantine, despite concerns of a lawsuit over the protocol being at odds with newly passed legislation barring discrimination based on vaccination status. […]

Gianforte: Montana will not impose mask or vaccine mandates

By: and - August 24, 2021

Amid rising COVID-19 delta variant cases locally and across the country, Gov. Greg Gianforte on Tuesday encouraged Montanans to get vaccinated, but he said emphatically that the state would not be shutting down businesses or imposing vaccine or mask mandates. In his first scheduled press conference at the Capitol in months, Gianforte acknowledged the heightened […]

Contact tracing among concerns for local health depts as delta variant spreads

By: - August 20, 2021

Some local health officials expressed concerns this week over contact tracing, the inability to enforce public health measures, and the politicization of COVID-19 as the delta variant continues to take a grip over Montana and they struggle to keep the spike in cases under control. For the first time since May, Gallatin County recorded a […]

Healthcare coalition calls on Gianforte’s help as delta variant spreads

By: - August 19, 2021

One day after the Montana Hospital Association submitted a letter to Gov. Greg Gianforte asking for his help in combating the current COVID-19 spike, health care professionals from a wide variety of fields presented a united front on Thursday in asking for Montanans to get vaccinated and wear masks as the state and country experience […]

Montana leads 18-state effort to overturn federal bump stock ban

By: - August 9, 2021

Montana’s Attorney General Austin Knudsen is arguing governmental gun-control overreach in leading an effort urging an appeals court to strike down a federal ban on bump stocks — a device that allows semiautomatic  guns to fire more rapidly. Knudsen filed an amicus brief on behalf of Montana and 17 other states last week, asking the […]

Canadian border set to open to fully vaccinated Americans on Monday

By: - August 8, 2021

Canada is opening its border to fully vaccinated Americans on Monday, but getting in will be more complex than just showing up to a crossing station. The border officially opens up at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday, and all travelers must download the app ArriveCan to submit their travel information. If you’re fully vaccinated for at […]

Ahead of 150th anniversary, Yellowstone looks to improve engagement with tribes

By: - August 6, 2021

Ahead of its 150th anniversary, Yellowstone National Park is looking to improve its engagement with tribes who have deep-rooted connections to the park’s land and resources, according to a press release from the park this week. According to the release, there are 27 associated tribes who have “historic and modern connections to the lands and […]