There’s tough, and then there’s Jonathan Ceplecha tough.
Ceplecha, 59, has been through more than most in the past month and a half. It all started on Thursday, Aug. 27, when he decided to start taking down some trees on a steep slope on his property, just 150 yards from his home.
Living in the Minnesota River Valley, Ceplecha is an English teacher, an Army veteran and a man of faith. All three of those traits helped him survive the harrowing ordeal that ensued.
The log came to rest on Ceplecha himself, pinning him and breaking one of his legs while crushing one of his feet.
“It seemed to drag him and his legs underneath it,”