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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.

Service Area



Adams, Aneta, Argusville, Arthur, Arvilla, Backoo, Bartlett, Bathgate, Bowesmont, Brocket, Cavalier, Christine, Clifford, Conway, Crystal, Dahlen, East Drayton, Edinburg, Edmore, Emerado, Fairdale, Fordville, Forest River, Galesburg, Gardar, Gilby, Glasston, Grafton, Grand Forks, Hamilton, Hensel, Honeyford, Hoople, Hunter, Inkster, Johnstown, Joliette, Lakota, Lankin, Larimore, Lawton, Mapes, McCanna, Michigan, Minto, Mountain, Neche, Nekoma, Niagara, Northwood, Orr, Park River, Pembina, Petersburg, Pisek, Robbin, St. Thomas, St. Vincent, Walcott, Warsaw, Whitman, and Wolverton.

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 and broadband Internet 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 70 years.

Superior Customer Service

Our Mission

Polar Communications is an exceptional provider of voice and broadband Internet 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 the customers we serve to ensure a strong and healthy exchange for everyone.

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 Amy Thompson athompson@polartel.com or 701-284-4361

John G. Walters


Named after Polar’s first general manager, the John G. Walters Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded to fifteen graduating high school seniors from our service area who plan on continuing their education at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university or vocational-technical school. Parents or guardians must be Polar customers in good standing of voice or Internet service. 

Application deadline: March 3, 2023.

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FRS 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 to attend and see our nation’s capital in action.

Application Deadline: March 3, 2023

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Foundation For Rural Service Scholarships

The foundation annually awards scholarships to an exceptional group of rural students for their first year of college or vocational school. All applicants require sponsorship by an NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association member company, of which Polar is a member, to be eligible. For each FRS general scholarship, FRS provides $2,000 and Polar provides $500.

FRS has awarded over $1 million in scholarships since its inception; empowering rural students throughout the country to advance their communities with invaluable skill sets and experiences.

In 2023, FRS will award over $100,000 in scholarships to students sponsored by our NTCA members such as Polar.

In additional to the FRS general scholarships, FRS has the following named scholarships*
• Diana Jo Dryer Memorial Scholarship – Sponsored by INDATEL Services
• Everett Kneece Scholarship
• Sarah Tyree Good Neighbor Scholarship
• Herbert and Isabel Bitz Memorial Scholarship
• JSI Scholarships
• TMS Scholarships
• Roger Cox Memorial Scholarship

*Submitting one application is sufficient for eligibility of all available scholarships.

Application deadline: February 8, 2023.

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Our Team

CEO & Board of Directors

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