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By Lois E. Johnson
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Former Berube Auto Sales in Barnum has new owners


September 26, 2019

Lois Johnson

Noe Bravo is one of the owners of W. B. Auto Sales on Front Street in Barnum. The other owner, Tim Williams, was unavailable for the interview or photo.

W. B. Auto Sales are the new owners of the former Berube Auto Sales in Barnum. Noe Bravo and Tim Williams have purchased the business and are selling vehicles on the site or by special order.

Bravo told his story in a recent interview.

"I grew up in Fillmore, California," he said. "My uncle moved to Long Prairie, Minnesota, where he got a good job as an engineer. He was the first one in the family to move away from home.

"I came to visit him when I was 16. It was the middle of winter so I became familiar with the cold."

Bravo said that he visited his uncle often during the next four years and then he moved to Minnesota permanently. He now lives in Duluth.

"I met a friend in the Cities who was from Duluth," he said. "She convinced me to stay in Duluth. It is beautiful in the summer."

The couple now has a year-old son, Isaiah.

Bravo didn't lack ambition.

"I started working as a dishwasher in a restaurant and did that for four months," he said. "And then I had the opportunity to work as a PCA (personal care attendant). I love people and I really enjoyed that. I like to help people to make a difference in their lives."

However, with a son to care for, Bravo said that he needed flexible hours.

"I applied to Lyft (a car-for-hire company) and was accepted," he said. "I could drive in my own time so I made the decision to work full time with Lyft. I went to part-time as a PCA and then I just filled in. After Isaiah was born, I couldn't do PCA work anymore."

Bravo found success with Lyft and still drives for the company.

"I have had over 5,000 riders and am a five-star driver," he said. "But I wanted to help people in the community so I started driving people to medical appointments. I drove over 1,000 people to appointments."

With his quest to help people, Bravo became involved with Teen Challenge.

"I reached out to be a mentor and volunteer my time to guys with addiction challenges," he said. "I told them that I am still available to help out."

Bravo turned his attention to cars as a future business.

"I love cars and I have a lot of knowledge about cars," he said. "I was 17 when I got my first car. I have experienced the good and the bad with cars. I do enjoy cars and I love fixing them up."

With his new business in Barnum, Bravo repairs the cars that he sells to make sure that they are safe, according to his philosophy.

"I always do my best to treat others the way that I want to be treated," he said.

The motto on the sign above the garage doors at the shop in Barnum states: "Quality Sales Built on Integrity," and Bravo stands by that, as does Williams, his partner.

He said that Williams is a truck driver from the Cities.

"Our main mission is to give people hope," said Bravo. "The business is secondary. I am not perfect but I try to give hope to others. It is about making a positive impact on this world. I want to give back to the community."

Bravo and another man that he knows from church are working on starting another business, driving people to medical appointments. That business will be known as Diving to Inspire, LLC.

"We can drive people to medical appointments all over the state," said Bravo.

For more information, call Noe Bravo at 218-409-4260 during or after hours for more information. The garage is open from 10:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


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