You can take the state officials out of high school... Two North Star State lawmakers are in damage control mode after reportedly being caught "making out" in a parked car at 4:30 in the afternoon at a public park.

Minnesota Representatives Tim Kelly, 51 (R-Red Wing), and Tara Mack, 32 (R-Apple Valley), were cited for a disturbance after a ranger allegedly caught them in their passionate embrace at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. Mack, the citation claims, was even "partially undressed" at the time.

Adding to the controversy is the fact that Kelly and Mack are married -- but not to each other.

Both Kelly and Mack deny the authenticity of the report, claiming they had only met so Mack could give Kelly some documents. Kelly issued a statement that said:

When we met, a park ranger approached my vehicle and told me I was double-parked. I disputed his characterization and got out of the car to take a picture. He became visibly agitated and returned to his own car. Approximately ten minutes later, he returned to my vehicle with a parking ticket citing a nuisance. When I asked what that meant, he responded 'whatever I want it to mean.'

Mack's statement claims similarly:

Last week, I received a citation for a nuisance. Subsequently, I have been told the officer wrote in his notes—information that I've requested, but has not yet been made public to me—statements that are completely false and inappropriate (and apparently were obtained illegally). I will be filing a complaint with the sheriff's office regarding the officer's egregious and false statements.

For his part, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie stands by his man, saying there was "nothing unusual" about the deputy's report, and that he has no reason at this time to believe it was exaggerated or falsified. Says Leslie:

We're going to agree to disagree. The facts will come out as to what the deputy saw.