About Us

Core Values
Scholarships
Our Team
Careers

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.

Teamwork

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

Commitment

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

Scholarships

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

John G. Walters

Scholarship

Ten $1,000 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. Parents or guardians must be Polar customers of voice or broadband Internet service.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

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Polar Leadership

Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to students who are involved in their school, serve their community, achieve leadership roles in activities, functions or organizations, and strive to reach their highest potential. Other considerations include any work/internship experience outside of school. Two scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be a senior in high school or freshman or sophomore in college and their parents or guardians must be Polar customers of voice or broadband Internet service.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

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Foundation for Rural

Service 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.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

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Foundation for Rural

Service Youth Tour

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour brings more than 100 high school students from rural communities across the nation to Washington, DC, for five days to learn about legislative and government processes and the importance of quality broadband connections. NTCA member companies, including Polar, sponsor students and chaperones to attend and see our nation’s capital in action.

To qualify, the student’s parents must be voice or broadband Internet subscribers of Polar, and the student must be age 16 or 17 years old at the time of the Youth Tour. Along with submitting an application, students are required to write an essay on modern technology.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

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Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation Scholarship

Open to Minnesota Residents Only

This year the Foundation will award 7 scholarships to high school seniors graduating in 2021. 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 majoring 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 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 Polar.

Application Deadline: February 19, 2021

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Our Team

CEO & Board of Directors

Karl Blake
CEO
Park River
Amber Meyer
President
St. Thomas
Jon McMillian
Vice President
Fordville
Lori Dahl
Secretary/Treasurer
Lakota
Cynthia Hejl
Asst. Secretary/Treasurer
Arthur
Brian Udby
Director
Lankin
Chris Nelson
Director
Edinburg
James Longtin
Director
Neche
Wes Welch
Director
Park River
Gordon L. Johnson
Director
Cavalier

Open Positions

Careers

Looking for a challenging position with one of the nation’s leaders in rural telecommunications? Consider a career with Polar Communications. At Polar Communications, we strive to make our company a great place to work and our communities a great place to live. Enjoy the benefits of working with tech-savvy, friendly, and hard working people! To boot, Polar offers an excellent benefits package that includes top of the line health and dental insurance, life insurance and 401k retirement plan with employer contributions. All this, in addition to paid time off and free or discounted voice, video and data services if you reside within our territory.

Application

Customer Service Representative

Polar Communications is hiring a Customer Service Representative (CSR). This person ensures professional and friendly customer service while responding to customer inquiries. The CSR will receive and answer calls related to phone, TV and broadband Internet service inquiries. They will also assist with new services and billing questions. Starting wage is $15.42 per hour and up depending on experience. This position is full time and offers great benefits including health, dental and life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plan with an employer contribution and a discount on company provided services! 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 29, 2021

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