About Us

Core Values
Our Team

About Us

Proud of Our Past,

Focused on the Future

Polar Communications was founded in 1952 with a core mission: to be an innovative industry leader that meets the evolving needs of our customers by developing the necessary technology and tools.

Today, decades later, that mission continues to guide us as we serve our communities throughout the Red River Valley and surrounding area.

Committed to Community

Committed to Quality

Our Pledge to You

Our People

Over the years we’ve learned that the key to great communication isn’t amazing technology, it’s incredible people. And Polar Communications has proven that success isn’t measured in dollars, but in satisfied customers and loyal employees. Our roots are here in the heartland, and that means that the only thing you’ll appreciate more than the cutting-edge technology we offer is the outstanding service that backs it up. That’s our pledge to you.

Connected In Rural USA

Our Service

Polar Communications provides telecommunications services to more than 8,000 subscribers in North Dakota and Minnesota. Our fiber optic network allows us to bring you the very best in voice, video, and broadband services at an affordable rate. We also provide advanced business services such as phone systems, video surveillance, and advanced networking. Living in rural America doesn’t mean you have to be disconnected.

The Very Best Tech

Our Commitment

Polar Communications is committed to bringing our customers the very best communication technology available today, then backing that technology up with the same great service you’ve come to expect from us. Whether you’re Snapchatting friends, video chatting with your sister in Europe, or streaming your favorite series, our goal is to make your life easier and more convenient. That’s our mission, and it has been for more than 65 years.

Superior Customer Service

Our Mission

Polar Communications is an exceptional provider of voice, video, and broadband services in the Red River Valley and surrounding area. The services provided are the result of superior customer service combined with state-of-the-art network technologies.

About Us

Our Core Values

Technology & Innovation

Polar prides itself on consistently being able to offer the most up to date services and technologies available to our the customers that we serve to ensure a strong and healthy exchanges for everyone we serve.

People Driven

We are committed to ensuring the success of both our fellow employees and customers by focusing on building and maintaining relationships that are respectful, honest, and professional. consistently.


Success is built by relationships. Through respect, encouragement, and collaboration we will be a strong united team that completes great things together.


By displaying commitment and pride in and for our Company and our customers, we will continue to help grow the community in which we serve.

Our Community

Our Community


For questions on scholarships and youth tour, contact Carol LaHaise clahaise@polartel.com or 701-284-4361



2022 Scholarship Applications will be available November 2021

John G. Walters


This year Polar awarded ten $1,000 scholarships in honor of former general manager John G. Walters. The awards are given to outstanding high school seniors whose parents or guardians are current customers of Polar Communications or its subsidiaries. Applicants are judged on essay content, grammar, academic achievement and community involvement.

Congratulation to the 2021 recipients:

  • Tyanne Crotty, Pembina – North Border Pembina
  • Claire Dummer, Pembina – North Border Pembina
  • Signe Ekman, Grafton – Grafton High School
  • Ann Estvold, Lakota – Lakota High School
  • Noah Helgoe, Cavalier – Cavalier High School
  • Natalie Hunter, Cavalier – Cavalier High School
  • Grace Johnson, Park River – Park River Area High School
  • Elias Markusen, Park River – Park River Area High School
  • Kaia Schluchter, Cavalier – Cavalier High School
  • Kasey Stegman, Drayton – Drayton High School

Polar Leadership


The Leadership Scholarship, sponsored by Polar, is awarded to a student who is involved in their school, serves their community, achieves leadership roles in activities, functions or organizations, and strives to reach their highest potential. Applicants must be a senior in high school or freshman or sophomore in college, and their parents or guardians must be Polar customers.

The 2021 Polar Leadership Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is being awarded to Jenna Maker, a senior at Northern Cass High School. And Chloe Gemmill, a senior at Valley-Edinburg High School.

Everett Kneece


This named scholarship, through the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), has been offered in honor of the generous philanthropist Everett Kneece, who had a passion for rural America. FRS was established as a non-profit by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and plays a unique role within the telecommunications industry by supporting rural telecom companies, consumers and policymakers with educational information, products and programming.

This prestigious scholarship provides on exceptional student each year with a $7,000 award and gives particular preference to students who express an interest in returning to rural America upon completing their education – a goal that Kneece stressed as critical for strengthening rural America.

We are pleased to announce that Claire Dummer of North Border High School was selected as this year’s recipient.

Our Team

CEO & Board of Directors

Karl Blake
Park River
Amber Meyer
St. Thomas
Jon McMillian
Vice President
Lori Dahl
Cynthia Hejl
Asst. Secretary/Treasurer
Brian Udby
Chris Nelson
James Longtin
Wes Welch
Park River
Gordon L. Johnson