One of a kind

Brooten graduate's unfailing spirit bounces her back from life's obstacles



After being adopted as a baby, Lorie Tensen was raised in Brooten and graduated from Brooten high school in 1984.

"Taking my Hand Out Of My Pocket" is an autobiography written out of a therapeutic and necessary need for healing for and by Lorie Tensen, the youngest child of the late Gerard Tensen and Doris Tensen of Brooten.

Lorie was born as a biracial child and trans-racially adopted as a baby, growing up in the all-white farming community of Brooten. Her parents were a Dutch, Christian Reformed couple. The time period was during the late 1960's, a time known for race riots in some parts of the country. 

To read the full story, see the May 19 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

Marlene Radermacher (left) and Lorie Tensen, shown working on the 1983-1984 Brooten school yearbook in Mr. Gesellschen's science room.


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