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


2020 scholarship applications will be available in November.

John G. Walters


This year Polar awarded five $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 subscribers of Polar Communications or its subsidiaries. Applicants are judged on essay content, grammar, academic achievement and community involvement.

This year’s winners are Paige Haakenson – Dakota Prairie High School, Maris Miller – Park River Area School, Jade Nelson – Cavalier High School, Jacie Osier – Kindred High School and Brynn Wznick – Cavalier High School.

Polar Leadership


The Leadership Scholarship is sponsored by Polar Communications, in cooperation with its retired employees. This scholarship 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. Consideration is also given to any work or internship experience outside of school. Applicants must be a senior in high school or freshman or sophomore in college, and their parents or guardians must be Polar customers.

The recipient of the 2019 Polar Leadership Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is Alyssa Kemp of Cavalier High School.

Foundation for Rural

Service Scholarship

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) offers an annual college scholarship program to students from rural America for their first year of college, university, or vocational-technical school. The program seeks to encourage students to return to their rural communities upon completing their education. Each student is sponsored by an NTCA member company, of which Polar is a member.

This year’s recipients are Gracyn Cole of Park River and Paige Haakenson of Aneta. They are each receiving $2,500, with $2,000 coming from FRS and $500 from Polar.

Foundation for Rural

Service Youth Tour

Each year, in collaboration with NTCA member companies, FRS brings rural students from across the United States to Washington, D.C., for a four-day tour of some of the most historical sites in the nation. While there, students also learn about the telecommunications industry, as well as the regulatory and legislative processes.

This year’s Youth Tour will be held June 1-5. Polar is proud to sponsor Kristin Albrecht of North Border-Pembina School and Rachaele Soderman of Midway School for this trip.

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

Open Positions


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 with both a Pension plan 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.

Watch our video and see what makes Polar such a great place to work!

Combination Technician

The combination technician performs required work for a wide range of exchange operations, including maintenance, and servicing of telephone lines, instruments, cable, terminals, protection devices, and related equipment. Provides customers and end users with product and technical support. The combination technician is generally responsible for all facilities comprising the exchange distribution network. Rotating on-call weekends may be required.

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