WASIOJA — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday talked about the beauty of bipartisan cooperation while visiting the historic Wasioja Seminary and Wasioja Recruiting Station — Civil War-era buildings — in rural Dodge County.

"It's OK to be frustrated and a little bit mad when you lose an election," he said. "You don't have to be happy with the results, but you have to accept them."

Walz talked about how Minnesota has the only divided legislature in the country of all the two-house legislatures. That, however, means lawmakers need to learn to work together for solutions, he said.

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A former history teacher before serving in the U.S. House and now as governor, Walz is visiting historic sites in Minnesota to shed light on the important role Minnesota has played in securing the freedom of the nation.

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On Tuesday, he visited the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Wednesday was a visit to the Wasioja Historic District. On Thursday, he will visit the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Duluth.

Walz called the sites in Wasioja a "hidden jewel" that needed to be made more prominent as a lesson for who we are as a state and a nation.

A handmade sign near the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial is on display ahead of a visit by Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
A handmade sign near the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial is on display ahead of a visit by Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

"My goal this week is to find these places of history, find these places of community," he said. "We need young people to hear these stories and pass them on."

Talking with members of the Dodge County Historical Society, Walz commented on the sites in Wasioja, such as the former seminary, a school for young men from which hundreds of volunteers left for the Civil War, and the recruiting station, the last of its era in the state and, he said, likely west of the Mississippi River and north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

The Civil War monument on the site is, itself, an example of bipartisanism. Among those names honored at the memorial is one for a soldier who fought for the Confederacy.

Walz said while bipartisanism is fine, we need to accept the results of elections, particularly the 2020 presidential election, with grace and understanding.

"It's America, so you don't have to look very far to see division," Walz said, pointing to a group of protesters in the distance. "It's right there."

Gov. Tim Walz puts a personal note from Lori Conklin, left, into his pocket outside the Civil War-era Wasioja Recruiting Station on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz puts a personal note from Lori Conklin, left, into his pocket outside the Civil War-era Wasioja Recruiting Station on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

The area around Wasioja contributed greatly to the Civil War, with 300 men going through the recruiting station early in the war when President Lincoln asked then-Gov. Ramsey for help preserving the Union.

"Heated political debate is foundational to who we are," Walz said. "But we as a nation already know that there's a line that can't be crossed, and those 300 that walked from here were on that line."

Preserving that history, both in the form of historical sites and the stories of the individuals who made history, are part of the truth of how this nation has survived nearly 250 years despite our differences, Walz said.

But the current divisions have caused concern. On Wednesday morning, Walz signed an executive order to authorize use of Minnesota National Guard troops to protect the state capitol building and the governor's residence, both of which have been mentioned as potential targets by the FBI.

"As governor and as a history teacher and a Minnesotan, I'm just encouraging Minnesotans to use this as an opportunity to reflect maybe where we're at," he said.

Gov. Tim Walz arrives at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz arrives at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz arrives at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz arrives at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz visits with David Hanson, president of the Dodge County Historical Society, at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz visits with David Hanson, president of the Dodge County Historical Society, at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz visits with Jim Checkel, with the Dodge County Historical Society, at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz visits with Jim Checkel, with the Dodge County Historical Society, at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz speaks at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz speaks at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather at a residence near the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial as Gov. Tim Walz visits the site on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather at a residence near the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial as Gov. Tim Walz visits the site on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz speaks at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz speaks at the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather at a residence near the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial as Gov. Tim Walz leaves the site on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather at a residence near the Wasioja Seminary ruins and Dodge County Civil War Memorial as Gov. Tim Walz leaves the site on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz visits the Civil War-era Wasioja Recruiting Station with Jim Checkel, of the Dodge County Historical Society, and others on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz visits the Civil War-era Wasioja Recruiting Station with Jim Checkel, of the Dodge County Historical Society, and others on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz talks with a group of homeschool children from Kasson and Mantorville outside the Civil War-era Wasioja Recruiting Station on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Gov. Tim Walz talks with a group of homeschool children from Kasson and Mantorville outside the Civil War-era Wasioja Recruiting Station on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wasioja. Gov. Walz was visiting the Wasioja Historical District in an effort "to call for reflection, civility, and peace," according to a press release from the Governor's Office. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)