# Image and wrapped text over two columns

I'm working on a longer document set for two columns. Each chapter is supposed to start with an image and text wrapping around the text - all of this set in ONE column. Using \onecolumn \twocolumn generates blank pages that I don't want. Using multicols with a base document set to one column throws other parts of the document off (namely sets of several minipages start flowing over the margins).

The best I could hack together right now is using a page-wide minipage for the chapter start like this:

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt,twocolumn, openany]{scrbook}

\usepackage[a4paper, top=1.4in, left=1.8in, right=0.8in]{geometry}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{scrhack}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{wrapfig}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\part*{Paragraph Title}

\chapter{Chapter Title}

\begin{minipage}[t]{\textwidth}
\begin{wrapfigure}{l}{0.5\textwidth}
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[width=0.48\textwidth]{placeholder}
\end{center}
\caption{A gull}
\end{wrapfigure}
\lipsum[1-2]

\noindent\makebox[\linewidth]{\rule{\linewidth}{1.5pt}}
\end{minipage}

\section*{Overview}
\lipsum[20-22]
\end{document}


Unfortunately, text following the minipage (here section overview) gets set "normally" and ends up running happily into the right column, smack into the text from the minipage.

How would I achieve what I try to do "correctly"?

With the help of the strip environment from the cuted package you can achieve the following:

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt,twocolumn, openany]{scrbook}

\usepackage[a4paper, top=1.4in, left=1.8in, right=0.8in]{geometry}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{scrhack}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{wrapfig}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\usepackage{cuted}

\begin{document}

\chapter{Chapter Title}

\begin{strip}
\begin{wrapfigure}{l}{0.5\textwidth}
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[width=0.48\textwidth]{example-image}
\end{center}
\caption{A gull}
\end{wrapfigure}
\lipsum[1-2]
\noindent\rule{\linewidth}{1.5pt}
\end{strip}

\section*{Overview}
\lipsum[20-22]
\end{document}

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