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2014-08-24T00:00:00Z Ups and Downs: The Billings Gazette
August 24, 2014 12:00 am

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Freshman service. Before they take their first class, about 235 Rocky Mountain College freshmen were scheduled to spend Saturday volunteering at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Audubon Conservation Center, Friendship House, Phipps and High Sierra city parks, the Center for Children and Families and other local helping agencies. Students also volunteered to help today at ZooMontana.

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Over the Edge. It’s the height of daring and generosity when Special Olympics Montana volunteers raise donations by rappelling down the First Interstate Bank tower in Billings. This year, 63 rappellers raised about $80,000, according to Special Olympics Montana.

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Wheat glut. With global wheat production at an all-time high, Montana farmers are seeing prices at a six-year low averaging $4.74 a bushel.

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Free park day. It’s the 98th birthday of the National Park Service Monday, so admission to Yellowstone and all other U.S. national parks is free of charge for the day. The next free park day will be National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27.

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Fair revenue. MontanaFair 2014 set a total revenue record of $1.8 million and logged total attendance of 231,888.

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