Former Sen. Duane Mutch, 93, of Larimore, died the night of Wednesday, July 17. Mutch served in the North Dakota Senate for 47 years and was known by some as the most conservative Republican in the Legislature. District 19 first elected Mutch in 1958. He lost re-election in 1976 but regained his seat in 1979. He served until 2006, when his opponent was elected by a narrow margin.