ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Alumni will always be welcome at St. Cloud State University, but homecoming is dead.

The school has decided to end its annual homecoming celebration. It will be replaced with a series of "school spirit" events scattered through the year.

The St. Cloud Times reports that homecoming has become tough to schedule because of a limited number of home football games. The school nearly dropped football last year because of a budget shortfall. Homecoming has also bumped up against popular events like the deer hunting season.

The school plans to create new events and expand old ones such as the Lemonade Art Fair, Trivia Weekend and Family Weekend.

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