MASON CITY – Months ago, the local school board sent our beloved Mohawk mascot to that great hunting ground in the sky, but tensions over his banishment still simmer in town as two local elected officials ambushed an outspoken, brave supporter of the moniker at a local eatery.
The incident occurred on the evening of January 14 at The Quarry, a posh (for North Iowa standards) eating establishment in downtown Mason City. According to sources who witnessed the incident, Todd Blodgett, a former Mason City school student and now a prominent local political mastermind who has guided many campaigns to victory, entered The Quarry to have dinner with his 86-year-old widowed mother and other acquaintances. Blodgett, a staunch right-winger who worked for Ronald Reagan and most recently has taken a strong stand to defend the hallowed Mohawk from scalping by the local liberal school board, walked in and greeted friends sitting at a table. Also seated at this table were a Mason City couple whom happen to also be local elected officials – dentist Jay Lala of the Mason City park board and his wife, Lori Lala, of the Mason City school board. Lori Lala was instrumental in sending our Mohawk down the trail of tears to irrelavence in favor of the Riverhawk – causing an outcry in the community. Jay Lala has graced the pixels of NIT several times in the past, as we reported on his beer guzzling in a downtown alley, and in another bizarre confrontation (again, in front of The Quarry), NIT was there when Lala was chased by an enraged, disgruntled former patient who claimed Lala mangled his chompers and kept thousands in taxpayer-funded cash for the alleged hack job.
Now, the standoff in question happened when Mr. Blodgett approached and was being introduced around this table of bigshots waiting for their caviar, fries, sodas and chicken fingers.
“Jay Lala orally assaulted me,” Mr. Blodgett bluntly explained to NIT. “And his wife was in on it. They were mean and nasty and aroused with contempt. They clearly hate our Mohawk and anyone who stands up for his rich history and those who were and always WILL BE Mohawks.”
NIT is told that as Mr. Blodgett was being greeted by two of his friends who were seated at the same table as the Lala’s, Mr. Blodgett and Jay Lala were about to shake hands when Jay Lala realized Todd Blodgett is one of the many local heroes still standing up for the Mohawk monicker and continue to fight hard online to reserve his status.
“He pulled back, then he called me an ASS!” Mr. Blodgett explained.
NIT readers should not be surprised that Jay Lala would resort to vulgarity in dealing with folks, as he let an innocent, hard-working NIT reporter have “the finger” one day while Lala was helping pick out free sculptures for outside his government-funded building, across the street from the public park voters put him in charge of.
“He called me an ass – TWICE!” Mr. Blodgett further explained.
Mr. Blodgett, our sources confirm, took it in stride, and replied, “I’m sorry you feel that way, sir,” to Jay Lala, DDS. Turning to Lorrie Lala, Mr. Blodgett bluntly said, “Changing the name, ‘MOHAWKS,’ has upset many Mason Cityans, myself included.”
Lorrie Lala then escalated matters, by further admonishing Blodgett. She said, according to our sources, “you posted nasty things on FaceBook.“ At that point, Blodgett evidently took the high ground and excused himself.
As the incident was loosely described on social media and hundreds of folks were digesting the dustup, NIT asked Mr. Blodgett what went down at this public pow-wow. He said, “If Jay Lala had said such things to me while not in the presence of some longtime friends of my family, and not inside one of my favorite restaurants, which is owned and operated by good friends, then this matter probably would’ve ended outside, and not to his liking. Those who look for trouble often find it.”
Blodgett added, “Until that night, I’d never met the man, or his insignificant other. I guess they were enraged with my truthful blogging skills. But this dumpy, frumpy-looking dude is actually a professional? What a joke. As our mutual friends introduced us, I reached out my hand to shake his. That’s when Lala quickly pulled his hand away, like a snobby bitch. He and his ditzy wife truly ARE in La-La Land.”
NIT reached out to these two elected officials – the Lala’s – for comment. As of publication of this story, no word from either has been received.
Email sent Tuesday, Jan 17, 11:36 AM, seeking comment: