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Police officer assaulted, injured

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WILLMAR — A Willmar police officer was assaulted and injured Thursday afternoon during a routine traffic stop.

The officer was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital by ambulance and later released, according to a news release from Police Chief David Wyffels.

Douglas Robert Blom, 55, of Willmar, was taken into custody and faces charges of fourth degree assault and speeding, according to the release.

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