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With span columns on, you can't. That's just how it works, and it's pretty dumb.
Even with span footnotes checked off, the footnotes still stick to that text box rather than where they should go.... so frustrating
Well, why actually use a separate text frame for that (seeing as you're using span columns)?
Anyway, I think your best bet here is to fake the first footnote. Just put a superscript 1 in the top frame, and then add footnote 1 somewhere before footnote 2 in the main text and hide the footnote 1 reference...
Thank you TAW! That gave me an idea... I'm switching this page to 1 text box with 1 column which puts the footnotes where they should be. Then to get the second column, I'm going to add a photo with a text wrap. Jumping hoops.... but it looks good.
Wait. Why can't you set this up as a two-column frame with span applied to the first paragraph? In my example below, I have one text frame and I added a pale yellow background for clarity.
Great tip! I didn't know this was a possibility. Thank you Barb!
That's how I'd approach this layout. If you have any additional questions about it, of course just ask us.