Storm Center Update- Friday AM, March 4

A warm front is advancing across KELOLAND this morning with a few pockets of light rain and light freezing rain.  Warmer weather is the big weather story for the weekend and much of next week.

First, be aware of the chance for light mixed precipitation this morning in eastern and northern KELOLAND.  We have a freezing rain advisory for much of northern and northeastern KELOLAND for the early morning.  Amounts look light and temperatures will quickly climb through the late morning.  Afternoon highs in the mid 40s are likely in Sioux Falls, with 50s in both Aberdeen and Pierre.

Tonight’s forecast looks quiet as high pressure moves into KELOLAND from the north.  This will set the stage for pleasant weather tomorrow with highs still in the upper 40s in Sioux Falls, with warmer 60s West River.

This warmer weather will expand east on Sunday with highs in the 60s in many spots.  A few 70s are possible in southcentral KELOLAND.

Looking ahead to Monday, thunderstorm chances are still in the forecast, but mainly in the southeast Monday evening.  Most of next week looks above normal with another surge of very mild air likely by late next week.  Sounds like spring!

Flu Now Widespread In South Dakota

Flu season has officially hit South Dakota.  The virus is now widespread in the state.

That means at least half of South Dakota’s reporting districts have outbreaks.

The latest update from the state Department of Health shows there were almost 50 new cases in one week.

That includes one death and six hospitalizations.

Hy-Vee Recalls Maytag Blue Cheese Products

Hy-Vee is voluntarily recalling Maytag Blue Cheese because it may contain Listeria.

Included in the recall are all products labeled as “Maytag Blue Raw Milk,” “Maytag Blue” or “Maytag Iowa Blue Cheese” and with PLU numbers beginning with 854089001 and with “use by” dates between Jan. 20, 2016 and May 3, 2016.

The cheese included in the recall was sold in whole wheels, but some of it was re-packaged in foil, plastic wrap or plastic containers. Hy-Vee said the product was sold in all of its 240 stores between Nov. 20, 2015 and March 2, 2016. All sizes and forms of Maytag Blue Cheese products are included.

If you have some of the cheese in question, you can either throw it out or return it to the store for a full refund.

Summit League Organizers To Talk About Tournament

Two days before the Summit League Basketball Tournament tips off, organizers will answer questions about the event.

A tip-off news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple, Sioux Falls Sports Authority Executive Director Bryan Miller and Denny Sanford PREMIER Center General Manager Terry Torkildson are among the people who will speak.

Awards to league leaders will be announced prior to news conference.

Man Holds Burglary Suspect Down Until Officers Arrive

A homeowner is credited with stopping a suspected garage burglar Thursday morning.

At around 2:30 a.m., a husband and wife woke up to a home alarm in the 2800 block of South Saint Charles Lane. The man went into his garage and spotted someone inside his pickup. According to Sioux Falls Police, he held the suspect down inside the garage until officers arrived.

Public Information Officer Sam Clemens believes that both the garage door and pickup were unlocked. Several items, including gift cards and money, were found on the suspect. Police think some of the items may connect him to other crimes.

Perry Allen Stark, a 55-year-old transient from Sioux Falls, was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, and resisting arrest.

Canadian Flight Lands In Sioux Falls For Medical Assistance

A plane headed to Canada made an emergency stop in Sioux Falls.

Just after 1 a.m. Thursday, a Sunwing Airlines B738 landed at Sioux Falls Regional Airport after a passenger needed medical assistance. The company said the plane stayed for around an hour before taking off. A local ambulance was called to the scene to help the passenger.

Sunwing Airlines said the flight originated out of Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba, and was headed for Calgary and Vancouver, Canada.

Education Bills On Thursday’s Legislative Agenda

A pair of education bills are on Thursday’s legislative calendar in Pierre.

Senate Bill 131 will have a second reading today.

SB 131 looks to set two goals for teachers: salary and teacher ratio. The measure would also form a school finance accountability board. It has a second reading Thursday.

Senate Bill 132, which like SB 131 looks to change some ways education is funded in the state, has its conference committee, but that committee has not yet reported.

Meade County Fugitive Arrested After Foot Chase In Spearfish

A man who fled after being handcuffed by sheriff’s deputies in Meade County over the weekend is back in custody.

Deputies tried to arrest 32-year old Kerri Nacey on Sunday for allegedly violating a court-ordered sobriety program. He was able to flee and remained on the lam until Wednesday afternoon, when Lawrence County deputies and Spearfish police arrested him after a foot chase in Spearfish.

Authorities say escape charges are pending against Nacey. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that he also faces felony drunken driving warrants from Butte County. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Crews Respond To Early Morning House Fire In Estelline

Authorities in Estelline are investigating what caused an early morning house fire.

Just after 4 a.m. Thursday, a 911 caller heard a loud explosion and saw a home on fire in the 100 block of Fifth Street North. During the call, the Hamlin County Sheriff’s Office said it wasn’t clear if people were inside the house.

Crews later found that the residents had escaped to a neighbor’s home. The Salvation Army is assisting those affected by the fire.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and is under investigation.

The Estelline Fire Department, Estelline Ambulance, and the Hamlin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Romney Calling Trump ‘Phony,’ Urging Republicans To Shun Him

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is charging into the increasingly divisive White House race with a verbal lashing of Donald Trump and a plea for fellow Republicans to shun the front-runner for the good of country and party.

Romney is branding the billionaire businessman as “a phony, a fraud” whose “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” according to a speech Romney planned to give at the University of Utah on Thursday morning. The Associated Press obtained excerpts of his remarks in advance.

Trump, in turn, dismissed Romney as “a stiff” who “didn’t know what he was doing” as the party’s candidate in 2012 and blew a chance to beat President Barack Obama. “People are energized by what I’m saying” in the campaign and turning out in remarkable numbers to vote, Trump told NBC’s “Today.”

In ratcheting up the rhetoric, Romney cast his lot with a growing chorus of anxious Republican leaders — people many Trump supporters view as establishment figures — in trying to slow the New York real estate mogul’s momentum.

Indeed, there was a surge in turnout in Super Tuesday’s GOP primaries. While that could typically be a welcome sign for a party that has struggled to attract new voters in recent presidential elections, GOP leaders were privately grappling with the reality that some of those voters were in fact registering their opposition to the Republican establishment.

Trump padded his lead with victories in seven Super Tuesday contests, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claiming three states and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio picking up his first victory of the 2016 race.

Despite Trump’s strong night, he was not yet on track to claim the nomination before the party’s national gathering in July, according to an Associated Press delegate count. He has won 46 percent of the delegates awarded so far, and he would have to increase that to 51 percent in the remaining primaries.

“Trump had a good night, but he left the door open,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster.

GOP strategists cast March 15 as the last opportunity to stop Trump through the normal path of winning states and collecting delegates. A win for Rubio in his home state of Florida would raise questions about Trump’s strength, as could a win for Ohio Gov. John Kasich on his home turf.

The candidates have a high-profile opportunity to make their case to voters in Thursday night’s prime-time debate. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson all but ended his bid Wednesday, saying he would skip the debate and declaring he did “not see a political path forward.”

The GOP mayhem contrasted sharply with a clearer picture on the Democratic side, where Hillary Clinton was drawing broad support from voters and her party’s leaders. Rival Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed to keep up the fight, though his path to the nomination has become exceedingly narrow.

Republicans, meanwhile, looked for a wise man to calm the jitters and point the way.

Romney suggested he might try to fill that role. The former Massachusetts governor announced plans to speak on the “state of the 2016 presidential race” Thursday in Utah. Romney has moved aggressively to take on Trump in recent days, saying the billionaire’s unreleased tax returns might contain “bombshells.” But he was not expected to endorse a candidate or announce a late entry into the race himself.

The Associated Press has asked Republican governors and senators if they would support Trump if he becomes the party’s nominee. Of the 59 respondents, slightly fewer than half could not commit to backing him in November. A handful of officials, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, have said they would not support Trump in November, though it was unclear what alternatives they would have.

One long-shot idea rumbling through power corridors in Washington was the prospect of a late third-party candidate to represent more mainstream conservatives. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been approached by “a mixture of people” about being part of a third-party bid, according to Jeff Miller, who managed Perry’s failed GOP presidential campaign. But Miller said Perry found the idea “ludicrous.”

A more likely, though still extraordinarily unusual, scenario being discussed is a contested convention. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that idea has the most support among those working for opponents’ campaigns. Others in the party express concern about the image of the GOP establishment using arcane rules to thwart the will of voters.

There’s also little consensus about the party’s goals in a contested convention, beyond stopping Trump.

“The goal is this: Let’s get to the convention in Cleveland and figure it out there,” said Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu.