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, contact Carol LaHaise clahaise@polartel.com or 701-284-4361


John G. Walters


This scholarship is in honor of former Polar General Manager John G. Walters. Applicants are judged on essay content, grammar, academic achievement and community involvement.

Ten $1,000 John G. Walters Scholarships will be issued to graduating high school seniors from our service area who plan to continue their education at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university or vocational-technical school.

Application Deadline: March 4, 2022


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.

Two $2,500 Polar Leadership Scholarships will be awarded to a high school senior or college freshman or sophomore who demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities.

Application Deadline: March 4, 2022


Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Scholarship

FRS, along with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, promote, educate and advocate to the public rural telecommunications issues. Polar is proud to be a member of NTCA and supports FRS in this worthy endeavor. If a graduating high school senior from our service area is selected for one of the FRS national scholarships ($2,000 each), Polar will contribute an additional $500, bringing the FRS award to $2,500. Parents or guardians must be Polar customers of voice or broadband Internet service.

NTCA Member Sponsor: Polar Communications Mutual Aid Corp., Park River, ND

Application Deadline: February 25, 2022

Application Guidelines


Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Foundation Scholarship

Applicant must be a Minnesota resident and have voice or broadband service from Polar.

This year the Foundation will award 7 scholarships to high school seniors graduating in 2022. Each scholarship will be a one-time amount of $2,000. There are two types of scholarships this year:

  1. One $2,000 Jon Tollefson Technology Scholarship: To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior with plans to major in either Telecommunications or Information Technology (IT) at a university, college, or technical college and be a Minnesota resident.
  2. One of six $2,000 General Scholarships: To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior with plans on attending post-secondary education at a university, college, or technical college, be a Minnesota resident, and the applicant’s family must subscribe to at least one service from an MTA member company.

MTA Member Company: Polar Communications Mutual Aid Corp., Park River, ND. Mail complete application to Polar, Attn: Carol LaHaise, PO Box 270, Park River, ND 58270-0270.

Application Deadline: February 18, 2022


Our Team

CEO & Board of Directors

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