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Bill Keitel

Bill Keitel

Bill Keitel and his wife Lauri Keitel founded The Buffalo Billfold Company (then, The Cow’s Outside) in 1972. This however was not Bill’s first foray into working leather. Bill was a shoe repairman by trade. Over the next 4 decades Bill and Lauri fine tuned their skills while designing & handcrafting a variety of leather goods. They’ve made everything from pager cases (for fire & police departments) to specialty items such as their Buffalo Leather Flight Bag and their 1920’s Attache Case in their Historic Reproduction Series. Throughout this time Bill has managed or been involved with other committees and organizations. Listed below are some of the roles Bill Keitel has been in and places he has been heard, seen or featured.

Bill Keitel has been a part of

Founder of The Cow’s Outside
Founder of The Buffalo Billfold Company
Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival
Co-Founder & Organizer Annual Event
Co-Founder & Organizer of the 2003 United States Windsurfing National Championships
Vice President United States Windsurfing Association
Past Pres. Wgtn. City Center
Past Pres. Nobles County Art Center
Worthington Regional Visitors and Convention Bureau
33 yr. Member Worthington Chamber of Commerce

Heard, Seen or Featured

KWGN Denvers’ channel WB2
Channel 9 KSTP – Jason Davis “On the Road”
Channel 11 KELO Doug Lund feature profile Sioux Falls SD
Channel 7 Fox News Custer, South Dakota
KSTP – St. Paul – Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty – Friday morn radio talk show.
Minnesota Public Radio
Post Cards Feature for Minnesota Public Television
KSFY – Sioux Falls S.D.
KDLT – Sioux Falls S.D.
KTIV – Sioux City, Iowa
National Bison Association Magazine
New England Windsurfing Journal
Pioneer Press St. Paul, MN.
Minneapolis Tribune, Mpls. MN.
Meetings-MN. Hospitality Magazine feature by Annie Belz and others.
Wall Street Journal (Worthington Diversity)
BlueStem Prairie
RFD Television
Une Parole Differente Radio-Charleville-Mezieres Fr.

Read Bill’s Essays

Daily Globe Newspaper featured essayist: Unvarnished Essays