The year was 2014, and a headline on the front page of the October 9 West Point News read: “Zapped! West Point City electric customers hit with 20% rate increase.” That headline, by the way, won first place in the Nebraska Press Association’s 2014 contest for best headline writing.

But I digress... The story under that headline informed residential, business and commercial users that they would be hit with rate increases of more than 20% to keep their lights on and appliances running.

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