COTTAGE GROVE - Hundreds of Cottage Grove residents indulged their urge to purge during the city's annual Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday.

For a small fee, hazardous chemicals, old appliances, tires, furniture and dead microwave ovens could be dropped off at the Cottage Grove Public Works Garage.

At one point, traffic to the drop-off site on West Point Douglas Road was backed up to the roundabout on Jamaica Avenue.

Meanwhile, "Fireball!" was the rallying cry as members of Cottage Grove Random Runners picked up litter along Jamaica Avenue between 70th Street and Military Road. The group found about 50 empty miniature bottles of the cinnamon-flavored Canadian whiskey. Their haul also included tubes of lipstick, single gloves, a broken cellphone, detached car visor and a pregnancy test kit.