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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 .

Voter turnout hovers around 30% as Montanans head to the polls on primary election day

By: - June 7, 2022

Election administrators across the state have primarily reported smooth sailing as Montanans hit the polls to cast their ballot in the 2022 primaries. By midday Tuesday, 226,557 absentee ballots had been returned, a turnout rate of around 30%. There are 743,667 Montanans who registered to vote by the noon Monday deadline. In the 2018 primary […]

Workforce shortages remain a thorn in the side of the Montana State Prison

By: - June 6, 2022

The Montana State Prison is like a city within itself, and just like in the outside world, workforce struggles have impeded the prison’s ability to run smoothly. From educators to correctional officers to nursing staff, the prison is struggling to fill positions, a problem that has persisted for years. Officials said on Wednesday that at […]

Billings Clinic to open new 28-bed Immediate Care Unit

By: - June 3, 2022

Billings Clinic is set to open its new Immediate Care Unit to patients on June 6. Opening the 28-bed unit will increase the hospital’s capacity to care for more complex and longer-term patients in a “modern, healing and state-of-the-art” way, the hospital said in a Friday press release. It is the first unit to be […]

Early praise for state hospital’s new administrator, but employees say more work needs to be done

By: - June 2, 2022

WARM SPRINGS — Morale is up at the Montana State Hospital. Employees who spoke with the Daily Montanan gave good marks to the hospital’s new interim administrator Carter Anderson, who took over the post from Kyle Fouts on May 9 after months of complaints from employees and a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid investigation that […]

Chief Deputy of the Montana Attorney General’s Office leaving office

By: - May 31, 2022

Kris Hansen, chief deputy of the Montana Attorney General’s Office, is exiting her job, as first reported by Lee Newspapers. Hansen was selected to be second in command to Attorney General Austin Knudsen in December of 2020. Last week, she told Lee Newspapers that she had “not fully” departed from the office, but the process […]

Gianforte appoints Lake County Deputy Attorney to fill judicial vacancy

By: - May 31, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte has appointed Molly Owen to fill a judicial vacancy in Lake and Sanders counties. Before accepting the appointment, Owen worked as Deputy County Attorney for Lake County since 2015 and as St. Ignatius Town Attorney since 2017. She graduated magna cum laude from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona […]

Stakeholders work to spread news about new voter registration deadline

By: - May 31, 2022

Montanans must now register to vote for the June primaries by 12 p.m. on June 6, the day before the primary, following a Supreme Court ruling that struck down a challenge to a law ending Election-Day voter registration. Efforts to spread the news about the new deadline are underway. “The Secretary of State’s Office has […]

District Court judge pushes back on OPD argument that lack of funding caused case assignment delays

By: - May 29, 2022

A District Court judge pushed back against an argument by the Office of State Public Defenders that it lacked adequate funding to assign counsel to defendants within three days. In a Tuesday filing with the Montana Supreme Court, Yellowstone County District Court Judge Donald Harris affirmed his position that it was within his power to […]

State lawmaker perpetuated falsity Uvalde shooter was transgender, says he was unaware

By: - May 27, 2022

State lawmaker Braxton Mitchell said it was not his intention to spread misinformation when he shared a post to his Instagram story late Thursday night calling the Uvalde school shooter “a deranged trans 18 yr old.” The 22-year-old Columbia Falls Republican shared a since-deleted post by conservative author David J. Harris Jr. that falsely claimed […]

Pro-choice Republican moves back to Montana to try to block Zinke from Congress

By: - May 25, 2022

When Matt Jette found out Ryan Zinke was running for Congress again, he decided to pack up his life in Florida and move back to Montana. Once he returned, the 49-year-old educator filed to run for Congress as a Republican in Montana’s western congressional district. “I had a window there to enter the race against […]

F Unit at Montana State Prison remains closed with no immediate plans to reopen

By: - May 24, 2022

Following a meeting between Gov. Greg Gianforte, lawmakers and the state department of corrections leaders, an entire unit at the Montana State Prison remains closed with no immediate reopening plans. “The department does not have any immediate plans to reopen the F Unit at MSP. However, the DOC is continuously evaluating the most effective and […]

Western congressional candidate Mitch Heuer pitches himself as ‘fix-it guy’ for Montana

By: - May 24, 2022

In Mitch Heuer’s mind, Americans have been “settling for scraps” for too long, and the root of the problem for the western congressional candidates is term limits. “The common denominator keeps coming back to an engineering type of mind is you got to start with the bodies of people that make the laws. They’re not […]