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


T his 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.

This year’s winners are Karson Blake, Park River Area School; Garrett Haakenson, Dakota Prairie High School; Jasmyn Johnson, Cavalier High School; Karson Matejcek, Lakota High School; Maci McMillan, Park River Area School; Austin Rygg, Northwood High School; Skylar Uglem, Northwood High School; Faith Vasicek, North Border High School; Gwyneth Wieler, Valley-Edinburg High School; and Jonah Zikmund, Park River Area School.

Polar Leadership


The Leadership Scholarship, sponsored by Polar, is awarded to two 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. Applicants must be a senior in high school or freshman or sophomore in college, and their parents or guardians must be Polar customers.

The 2022 Polar Leadership Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is being awarded to Marit Ellingson, a senior at Dakota Prairie High School. And Noah Helgoe, a freshman attending North Dakota State University.

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