Members of the Minneapolis City Council on Friday honored three colleagues who are leaving office at the end of the year. Paul Ostrow, Ralph Remington and Scott Benson are all stepping down from the City Council.
Ostrow has served on the council for 12 years. As the chair of the council's budget committee, he helped craft budgets as the city lost revenue and state aid.
Benson was first elected in 2001 and has been an advocate for fiscal restraint.
Remington leaves after one term in office. A vocal supporter of civil rights laws for both humans and animals, Remington lead an unsuccessful push to ban animal circuses in the city.
Three new members were elected to the City Council in November, and will take office in January. They are Kevin Reich, Meg Tuthill and John Quincy.