Does it work as intended, if you do not use the Primary Text Frame?
What are the settings for Paragraph Start in your headline and in the next paragraph?
What is your exact version of InDesign and your OS?
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Discovered it! The "Keep" style options for the regular text included keep all lines together. Not sure why it felt the need to keep multiple paragraphs together, not just the lines in a single paragraph... but selecting the option to keep 2 lines together at start or end of paragraph fixed the issue.
Thanks for your fast response.
As per above, it's the combination of "Keep" statements. There was not only keeping all the lines in a paragraph together, there was also a setting for keeping the paragraphs with above / below lines... these two settings together meant that ALL the paragraphs on the page had to be together. I imagine if this were strictly followed, they should have appeared on the next page.
However, the result was since all the paragraphs couldn't fit into the first column, they were pushed into the second. They couldn't really fit there, either, but I guess InDesign had computed that they had been pushed far enough.
I'm not surprised there was some kind of wonky setting imported on a doc that started as a Google Doc, was exported as .docx, and then imported into InDesign. The challenge was figuring out what those settings were. For newbies like myself trying to decipher text styles, you might take a close look at the "Style settings box" in the Paragraph Style Options box. It gave me a helpful list of styles to experiment with until I found the answers.