Today is R.T. Rybak's last City Council meeting [PHOTOS]

:::: UPDATE, 11:45 a.m. :::: Council voted unanimously to approve the downtown east redevelopment project mentioned at the bottom of this post.

After more than a decade as Minneapolis mayor, R.T. Rybak will attend the last City Council meeting of his tenure today.

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Next time the council convenes, the holidays will be behind us, and the Betsy Hodges era will have begun.

As the photo at the top of this post indicates, Rybak got a little bit emotional while saying goodbye. Eric Roper took another photo of today's ceremony:

Today's meeting is about more than saying goodbye to Rybak, however. The council is expected to vote on a major plan to redevelop the eastern part of downtown in conjunction with construction of the new Vikings stadium.

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